What is a Home Visiting Program?

Parenting can be overwhelming, especially for young families who may be facing a variety of financial, health, social, and educational concerns. That's where home visiting programs can be helpful.

Home visiting programs are free, offering family-oriented services to pregnant mothers and families with young children. Home visiting programs include scheduled visits to a family's home. These home visits may address a variety of topics, based on what your family needs. Some examples of topics include: positive parenting practices, child growth and development, topics on maternal and child health, as well as available community services and support.

Effective Home Visiting Works

School readiness
Children who received home visits had higher math and reading test scores in first through third grades than children who did not receive home visits

Better birth outcomes
Pregnant mothers who received a home visit during the first four months of their pregnancies had 75% fewer low birthweight babies than those who didn't receive a visit

School achievement
Children who received home visits were 56% more likely to graduate from high school than children who didn't receive home visits

Pew Center on the States, 2012

Find a Program

If you would like to find a home visiting program in your area, click here.

Type in the name of your county, or the program you would like to find, and search. The data base is updated often, although it does not yet contain every home visiting program in the state.

Home Visiting Models

If you would like to know which home visiting models are commonly implemented in Michigan, click here.

Parent Stories

Hear from other parents how home visiting has helped them. Hear their stories in their own words.