A new yearbook compiled by the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) offers a comprehensive portrait of early childhood home visiting across the country. The yearbook features a primer on home visiting, including its origins, evidence base, and funding sources; a detailed look at the home visiting landscape on the national and state levels, including data on where programs operate, the families they serve, and the families who could benefit but are not being reached; and an overview of the home visiting workforce.
According to Florida’s profile:
- Home visiting models implemented in the state include Child First, Early Head Start, Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and SafeCare. Statewide, 99 local agencies operated at least one of these models in 2015.
- More than 4,600 families and 4,900 children were served in 2015, and received nearly 39,000 home visits. The report notes data is incomplete for several key programs, including Healthy Families and Nurse-Family Partnership.
- The federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which supports the implementation of Healthy Families Florida, Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers in 21 high-need communities, accounted for 1,500 of the families served and 15,500 of the home visits provided in the state during this period.
- There are 966,400 families with children under age six who are not yet in kindergarten who could potentially benefit from home visiting – 28% of these families have incomes below the federal poverty level.
Information for the yearbook was collected from model developers, state MIECHV programs and other sources. The NHVRC is led by James Bell Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.