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Rhode Island Aims to Support Home Visiting Professionals
With leadership provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health and funding from the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, home visitors across disciplines and programmatic models have worked together to develop a set of core competencies that define the expected knowledge and skills of all those who provide home visiting services.
Learning collaboratives bring professionals together across disciplines to master the knowledge and skills that compose the core competencies. Further, training specialists from home visiting, Early Head Start, early intervention, and child welfare are working to create a coordinated professional development system, inclusive of higher education, that may also include a registry for professionals to record progress on achieving core competencies.
Learn more about Rhode Island and how other states are using MIECHV funds to strengthen their early childhood systems in ZERO TO THREEs paper, The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children.
The Iowa Department of Public Health led a significant cooperative effort to professionalize the workforce for home visitors and others providing family support services through the development of th…