Home Visiting

in pregnancy and early childhood

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Home visiting is free, voluntary and connects you with trained professionals that will:

  • Schedule home visits at times that work best for you.
  • Support you while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born.
  • Partner with you to help you achieve your goals and to remove challenges.
  • Help you find needed community resources and services to help you and your family thrive.

Facts

“Home Visiting was fundamental for me – helped me get through a lot. Giving me the knowledge and confidence in my parenting abilities.” Parent, Grand Rapids

Number of Home Visits in Fiscal Year 2021 was 142,930

“[The home visitors] know and trust my vision – and compliment it with books and learning toys.” – Parent, Wayne County

Getting Support in Michigan

New babies don’t come with instructions. Everyone who is pregnant or has a little one at home could use some support. Michigan Home Visiting programs are for pregnant people and families with children up to 6 years old.

 
 

Pregnancy

Home Visiting programs provide information to support you in having a healthy pregnancy. Home visitors also connect you to community resources and material resources if needed, including things needed for a newborn like a safe space to sleep.

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Programs staffed by nurses or other trained professionals or volunteers that visit the homes of eligible mothers during pregnancy and early infancy to help the women improve their personal health and development during the prenatal period and learn to care for the child following birth. The visits encourage the mothers to maintain good nutrition; and provide information regarding danger signs in pregnancy, preparation for labor and delivery, breastfeeding and other feeding options, baby supplies, basic infant care, newborn behaviors and child development. They help to ensure that infants and toddlers are nurtured, live in a safe environment in and around the home and receive proper health care. Included are programs that focus on low income individuals, pregnant teens, first-time mothers, women with high risk pregnancies or other special populations as well as those that are more broadly available.
 
 

Parenting

Home Visiting programs support you to help your children grow and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.  Home visitors support you in strengthening the positive relationship between you and your baby. Home visitors also connect you to local resources and supplies if needed, like diapers, breastfeeding support, and formula.

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Programs staffed by nurses or other trained professionals or volunteers that visit the homes of eligible mothers during pregnancy and early infancy to help the women improve their personal health and development during the prenatal period and learn to care for the child following birth. The visits encourage the mothers to maintain good nutrition; and provide information regarding danger signs in pregnancy, preparation for labor and delivery, breastfeeding and other feeding options, baby supplies, basic infant care, newborn behaviors and child development. They help to ensure that infants and toddlers are nurtured, live in a safe environment in and around the home and receive proper health care. Included are programs that focus on low income individuals, pregnant teens, first-time mothers, women with high risk pregnancies or other special populations as well as those that are more broadly available.
Programs that visit the homes of parents who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective in their parenting role and provide parenting education services in the family setting. The programs may focus on teen parents; parents who need to develop skills to handle a difficult child; families who want to learn school-readiness activities to share with their child; individuals for whom parenting is a new experience; families at risk for child abuse, neglect or out-of-home placement; or others who have issues that are most effectively resolved in the home environment.
 
 

Early Childhood Education

Home Visiting services support your child’s need for a high-quality education. Home visitors recognize you as your child’s first teacher, and support you in understanding how your child learns and grows.

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A federally-funded child development and family support program that provides early education, health, mental health, nutrition and social services for low-income pregnant women and families with children from birth to age three. Services provided directly or through referral may include prenatal education and parenting classes for pregnant women; child development information; parent/child activities; a home visiting program for families with newborns; early education services in a variety of settings; comprehensive health and mental health services including smoking cessation and substance abuse treatment; coordination with organizations providing early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities; assistance in obtaining income support, housing or emergency cash; and transportation to program services.
Programs that visit the homes of parents who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective in their parenting role and provide parenting education services in the family setting. The programs may focus on teen parents; parents who need to develop skills to handle a difficult child; families who want to learn school-readiness activities to share with their child; individuals for whom parenting is a new experience; families at risk for child abuse, neglect or out-of-home placement; or others who have issues that are most effectively resolved in the home environment.
Programs that specialize in providing preventive, diagnostic and treatment services that focus on strengthening the social and emotional development and well-being of infants and young children within the context of early primary relationships. Services may include emotional support, developmental guidance, early relationship assessment and support, infant-parent psychotherapy and advocacy. The objectives of the discipline are to help infants and young children develop close and secure relationships with others; experience, express and regulate a full range of both positive and negative emotions; and actively explore the environment and learn.