What is Home Visiting?
Home visiting is a voluntary program that matches parents with trained professionals and paraprofessionals who share information and offer support during pregnancy and throughout a child’s earliest years—a critical developmental period.
What are the Goals of Home Visiting?
Home visiting is proven to:
- Improve maternal and newborn health.
- Improve the rate of child injuries and reduce child maltreatment.
- Improve school readiness and academic achievement.
- Reduce domestic violence and crime.
- Improve family self-sufficiency.
- Increase coordination and referrals for community resources as well as supports for families.
What is Texas Home Visiting?
Texas Home Visiting supports communities in operating evidence-based home visiting programs while creating a coordinated, comprehensive system of services for pregnant women, young children, and their families.
Texas Home Visiting uses four program models: Early Head Start – Home-Based, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers. Families in the program decide how often to receive home visits — as often as once a week or as little as once a month— as well as where — either at the family’s home or another location where the family feels comfortable and safe. Home visitors are trained to provide important information to expectant mothers and teach parents about caring for their children and supporting their children’s healthy development. They do this by using proven curricula combined with activities based on the family’s specific needs. Each home visitor receives extensive training and ongoing professional development and supervision.
Home visiting is a powerful tool to connect families to resources and supports in the community. To ensure those connections as well as promote healthy development for all children, each Texas Home Visiting community is building an early childhood comprehensive system. This system is a collaboration that coordinates multiple early childhood services to better promote child development by supporting families and communities. It brings together stakeholders to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn at school entry. Stakeholders include all members of the community – health care, organizations serving or supporting children and families, businesses, community members, law enforcement, families, philanthropists, local government, and anyone else committed to supporting young children and their families.
Where is Texas Home Visiting Offered?
Texas Home Visiting is currently available in the following counties:
Lubbock (also serves Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lynn, Terry)
Webb (City of Laredo only)
Participation in the program is voluntary and free. For some home visiting programs, participants must meet eligibility requirements. Parents who are in the military or have young children with disabilities or developmental delays may also be eligible. To learn more about who may be eligible in your community, contact your local Texas Home Visiting program.