Program Models

There are many different types of home visiting, all of which may have different outcomes. The Office of Home Visiting supports research-based home visiting. "Research-based" programs have substantial research and evidence ensuring effectiveness for program-specific outcomes. Three research-based program models the OHV supports are:

Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America, started by Prevent Child Abuse America, is designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families participate voluntarily in the program and receive home visits and referrals from trained staff. The project promotes positive parenting and child health and development, thereby preventing child abuse, neglect and other poor childhood outcomes.

Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership is a home visitation program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children.  The program works with first-time mothers who are currently pregnant. Visits are conducted by registered nurses.

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.  Parents are supported by parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child's language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.