A number of home visiting models have been designated as “evidence-based” following an expert review of evaluations and studies demonstrating their impact on key early childhood outcomes.
In Florida, three proven models are implemented in communities with federal MIECHV funding.
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a national program that provides education and support to first-time mothers in low-income communities using specially-trained nurse home visitors.
Families receive services starting in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday.
The Healthy Families Florida (HFF) model is nationally accredited by Healthy Families America. Highly trained home visitors provide education and support to overburdened families at risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.
Services begin prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth and can last up to five years depending on the unique needs of the family.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a national program and the model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools.
These evidence-based models were selected by eligible communities based on local needs, gaps in services, and capacity. Programs are implemented by local Healthy Start Coalitions, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers and other community-based organizations at FL MIECHV implementation sites (see below).
Twenty-nine high-need areas were identified in the FL MIECHV Needs Assessment by the Florida Departments of Health and Children & Families.
Seventeen projects, covering 25 of 29 high-need Florida communities and four contiguous areas, were selected for funding through a competitive process.
Learn more about the major home visiting programs in Florida, including Florida MIECHV models.
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