Michigan's Home Visiting Initiative is very committed to integrating quality into the home visiting system. For exciting information about some of our current Continuous Quality Improvement projects and other updates, click here.
A Great Start for every child in Michigan!
Home Visiting matters. So many of our nation's most challenging social issues – poverty, crime, child abuse, maternal and infant health, and school readiness – can be impacted through voluntary, quality home visiting programs. Home visiting matches trained professionals with families to provide support and information during pregnancy and throughout a child's early years. Quality home visiting has been shown to lead to fewer children in social welfare programs, juvenile corrections, or mental health systems, as well as a reduction in infant mortality.
Home visiting is a service provided to parents who need support by helping them connect to needed services and obtain information about community resources. Home visiting helps parents learn why maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy is important, and can help parents learn how to care for an infant and build strong, healthy relationships with their children.
Michigan has a long history of implementing home visiting programs and is focused on building and supporting the Home Visiting Initiative as part of Michigan's larger Early Childhood System.
What Does a Home Visit Look Like?
The PEW Home Visiting Campaign has produced a video of a home visit to help families and professionals understand what a home visiting looks like. Watch the video here.
For a parent's perspective on home visiting, the Michigan Department of Community Health's YouTube channel features several stories told by parents, about their experience in home visiting. View MDCH's YouTube channel to hear these stories.