Home visiting and early childhood programs not only benefit the children and families that pass through their systems, they contribute to a stronger society overall.
Home visiting is proven to improve outcomes for children later in life.
- Pregnant home visiting recipients are more likely to access prenatal care and carry their babies to term.
- Home visiting promotes infant caregiving practices like breastfeeding, which has been associated with positive long-term outcomes related to cognitive development and child health.
- Home visitors teach parents how to “baby proof” their home to prevent accidents that can lead to emergency room visits, disabilities, or even death.
- Home visitors teach parents how to engage with their children in positive, nurturing ways, thus reducing child maltreatment.
- Home visitors help parents recognize the value of reading and other activities for early learning.
- This guidance translates to improvements in children’s early language and cognitive development, as well as academic achievements in grades 1 through 3.
- Compared with their counterparts, parents enrolled in home visiting have higher monthly incomes, are more likely to be enrolled in school, and are more likely to be employed.
Check out this video highlighting one family’s experience with home visiting and how it helped them grow.
By coaching families raising young children to become better parents, we can reduce public expenditures on expensive remedial care and lower economic burdens on taxpayers.
FL MIECHV funds proven programs that leverage established community resources and work with families who seek help in a trusted environment — their homes. Because families ask for help, they are committed, want to do better and work hard to be better parents.