Families in low-income communities often have inequitable access to health care and other vital services. In home visiting programs, pregnant women and parents with children up to kindergarten age receive visits from a trained professional who connects them with key supports. These programs can help prevent child abuse and neglect, and support maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, child development, and school readiness. Yet home visiting programs and home visitors need ongoing training and support to meet families’ needs.
EDC supports home visiting programs through the Home Visiting Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT). HV-ImpACT builds the capacity of home visiting programs by providing technical assistance expertise, resources, strategies, and best practices across a variety of topics and priority need areas.
HV-ImpACT conducts the following activities:
- Provide technical assistance that meets the needs of state Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program awardees and responds to each awardee’s context and culture
- Develop and deliver products and services that state MIECHV awardees can use to support local implementing agencies
- Produce newsletters, webinars, articles, peer learning dialogues, and other written and online resources that provide engaging, research-oriented, and culturally competent content
- Supports MIECHV home visiting awardees in 50 states and 5 territories
- In 2018, served over 150,000 parents and children
- Have produced and disseminated 27 newsletters, 8 peer dialogues, 15 communities of practice, 12 resources—toolkits, reports, briefs—and 21 webinars to date
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and Change Matrix