Home Visiting in Washington State

What is home visiting?

Home visiting programs offer voluntary, family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. Home visiting supports the child and family by buffering the effects of risk factors and stress in the family. Evidence shows that when families receive home-based support, their children are born healthier and are less likely to suffer from abuse or neglect. It has also has shown a strong return on the investment of funds in this area of prevention and early learning support.

Are you looking for a home visiting program near you?

Call the Family Help Line at 1-800-932-HOPE or go to
www.parenttrust.org/for-families/community-resources.

Key Benefits of Home Visiting

  • Stronger parent-child bonds
  • Healther mothers and babies
  • Lower rates of child abuse and neglect
  • More positive parenting practices
  • Earlier development of language and literacy skills
  • Improved school readiness
  • Safer homes
  • Increased rates of parental employment

Want to learn more about home visiting models in Washington State?

These are just some of the home visiting models offered in Washington state. The links below contain more information about the different approaches to home visiting.

Building Washington’s home visiting system

Strong early learning partnerships help Washington’s children succeed in school and life. DEL is committed to building a lasting, comprehensive and interconnected early learning system with parents, caregivers, and private and public partners.
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Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA)

Thrive by Five Washington is a key partner in building the statewide home visiting system and jointly administers the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) with DEL.
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Federal Maternal, Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)

A new initiative, part of the federal Affordable Care Act and funded through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), will help Washington and other states bring evidence-based home visiting services to high-risk communities.
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