Event | November 16, 2018

Report on Home Visiting Receives National Media Coverage

A new report on early childhood home visiting is garnering media attention, thanks to its detailed look at children and families receiving services—and the millions more who aren’t being reached.

About 18 million pregnant women and families with young children could benefit from information and resources provided by a designated support person in the home, according to the 2018 Home Visiting Yearbook. More than half are high priority—for example, families with income below the poverty threshold or mothers who are single or under 21.

The yearbook is highlighted in an op-ed in The Hill by retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown and Johns Hopkins University Professor Anne K. Duggan. Notices have also appeared in PoliticoEducation Dive, and Education Week.

The yearbook is the third major publication released by the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC), led by JBA in partnership with the Urban Institute. It features 2017 data from various sources, including home visiting models and awardees of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

“We are thrilled to see the Yearbook shared with audiences who care about the health, education, and well-being of children and families,” says Deputy Project Director Allison Meisch. “Decades of research have connected home visiting to everything from higher monthly income among parents to children’s future academic achievements.”

NHVRC is a source for comprehensive information about early childhood home visiting; its growing evidence base; and its potential impact on children, families, and communities. The center’s goal is to support sound decisions in policy and practice to help children and families thrive. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.