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Early childhood home visiting programs provide voluntary, in-home services to expectant mothers and families with infants and young children. Trained home visitors, who may be nurses, social workers, early childhood education specialists, or other trained paraprofessionals, meet with families in their homes to advise them on their children’s health and development and connect them to community services and supports. Evidence-based home visitation services produce measurable outcomes for children and families, such as improved health, school readiness, academic achievement, parental involvement and economic self-sufficiency, and reduced child maltreatment, injuries, and juvenile delinquency. The 2015 state legislature included an additional $2.65 million (FY 16-17) and $4 million (FY 18-19) to increase access to evidence-based home visiting services.
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota supports expanding investments in quality home visiting to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families. For more information on Home Visiting, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health Family Home Visiting website.