Michigan Home Visiting System

In keeping with Federal home visiting legislation, on August 1, 2012 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act No. 291, ensuring the state's investment in home visiting goes to proven, effective programs. The Act mandates that home visiting programs track and measure outcomes such as: fewer preterm births, reduction in child abuse, improved family self-sufficiency and increased school readiness. The law requires that all of Michigan's funding for home visiting go to support evidence-based or promising programs, ensuring the state will receive solid returns on investment for taxpayers and strong results for participating families.

The Governor's intent is that all public investments will be assessed against a single set of early childhood outcomes where children are:

  • born healthy;
  • healthy, thriving and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;
  • developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry;
  • prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.

The legislation sets standards and improves the oversight of programs while requiring collaboration and data sharing between the three departments that oversee home visiting services: the Department of Community Health, Department of Education and Department of Human Services.

Read the legislation here: 2012-PA-0291 (PDF)