Michigan's Early Childhood Home Visiting programs provide voluntary, prevention focused family support services in the homes of pregnant women and families with children aged 0-5.
Early childhood home visiting programs connect trained professionals with vulnerable and at-risk mothers and families to nurture, support, coach, educate and offer encouragement with the goal that all children grow and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.
Early childhood home visiting programs are designed to provide support to parents and caregivers and to connect them to community resources and services. By concentrating on building trust with families, providers work to develop positive interactions focused on the importance of maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy. Working in a one-on-one environment, providers encourage and assist families in caring for infants and in building strong, healthy relationships with their toddlers and young children.
The Michigan Home Visiting Initiative is part of Michigan's Early Childhood System, and is committed to offering all children a Great Start.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) receives MIECHV funding through the Federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to implement evidence-based prevention focused home visiting services. This report describes the performance of MI MIECHV funded Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) who are working with families to provide support to reach the following benchmark areas:
Improve maternal and newborn health;
Prevent Child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduce emergency department visits;
Improve school readiness and achievement;
Reduce crime, including domestic violence;
Improve family economic self-sufficiency;
Improve the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
The Michigan Home Visiting Initiative would like to thank the Michigan Public Health Institute for the development of this report and for their continued data support to the Local Implementing Agencies.
The MHVI is excited to share the final version of the Michigan Home Visiting Core Knowledge Areas for personnel delivering prevention focused home visiting services.
These were developed as part of a cross-model stakeholder group that considered best practice guidelines and desired knowledge necessary to develop and maintain a strong, competent home visiting workforce in Michigan.
We know all home visitors and supervisors, regardless of the model, can find themselves in this document. This is a jumping off point and a source of guidance as we all strive to deliver quality services for our families in Michigan.
More tools and companion documents will be developed in the future but we hope you review these areas and think about all of the knowledge that you bring to your work with families. Work force development, professional development tools, and demonstrating knowledge are all activities that can be established with these Knowledge Areas as the base.
Webinars to introduce these Core Knowledge Areas will be announced for the fall and posted here. Check back to find a time that will work for you!!
If you have any questions about the Core Knowledge Areas, we encourage you to contact us. Please send all questions to MDHHS-HVInitiatve@michigan.org