More than 985,000 additional families in Florida could benefit from home visiting, including 640,000 infants and toddlers, according to the 2018 Home Visiting Yearbook, released today by the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVC).
The report provides a snapshot of home visiting programs around the country, families receiving services, and unmet needs. Among the findings:
- Evidence-based home visiting programs are available in all 50 states, as well as DC, five territories, 25 tribal communities and reach 53% of all counties;
- In 2017, more than 300,000 families received more than 3.5 million home visits through these programs, including 81,000 families served by programs funded by the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative.
- About 18 million additional pregnant women and families could benefit from voluntary home visiting services nationwide.
The yearbook features state, including demographic data on participants, as well as information about the models used to deliver services. According to the report, models currently implemented in Florida include Child First, Early Head Start Home-Based Option, Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Minding the Baby, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers. Statewide, 108 local agencies operated at least one of these models. These programs provided 310,000 home visits to more than 16,000 families in 2017. Nearly 2,000 families of these families received 22,000 home visits through programs funded by FL MIECHV.
Despite this reach, many more families in Florida could benefit from voluntary home visiting, based on selected criteria for determining need.
In addition to the yearbook, NHVC released a Home Visiting Primer summarizing the history of home visiting, its evidence base, demonstrated impact on critical needs, and available funding sources.
The 2018 Home Visiting Yearbook was produced by James Bell Associates and the Urban Institute.