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What is Home Visiting?

Arkansas’ voluntary home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused, culturally relevant services that are primarily home-based. Home visits are provided regularly to expectant parents and parents with new infants and young children until they enter kindergarten. These services are provided by trained and qualified staff and address such issues as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, child development, safe home environments, resource and referral access, literacy and school readiness.

Why Home Visiting?

Quality, voluntary home visiting reduces costly problems, including low-weight births; emergency room visits; and children in the social welfare, mental health and juvenile justice corrections systems, creating considerable cost savings for states.  Home visiting yields powerful short and long-term effects for the families who participate.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services launched Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting programs models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5 (website link).