Strengthening Home Visiting Through Research
This issue of Zero to Three presents a collection of articles that share new findings from the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, a project of the Pew Center on the States. With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County (Florida), the Pew Home Visiting Campaign commissioned a variety of research projects to investigate critical questions regarding program design and implementation. The five research projects featured in this issue explore various aspects of evidence-based programming that lead to success. Two additional articles share efforts related to the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, part of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that provides $1.5 billion over 5 years to states, territories, and tribes. A goal of the MIECHV program is the integration of home visiting services into a high-quality, comprehensive early childhood system that promotes health and well-being for pregnant women, parents, caregivers, and children from birth to 5 years old. In addition to the feature articles, this issue offers two “Perspectives” columns: one explores the relationship between home visiting staffing patterns, training, and outreach activities and maternal program involvement; the other discusses the value of reflective practice for home visitors and the families they serve.