A growing body of evidence points to the positive effects of evidence-based home visiting programs on children and families, including improvements in maternal and child health, child development, and parenting practices (Michalopoulos et al. 2019). Yet little research is available across home visiting models and at a national level on the staff that deliver these interventions or on the professional development systems that support them. To support effective program implementation, more information is needed to understand the home visiting workforce and how to recruit, train, and retain qualified staff.
The Home Visiting Career Trajectories project launched in fall 2016 to fill this knowledge gap. Using multiple methods, the study examined the characteristics, qualifications, and career trajectories of home visiting staff in local implementing agencies (LIAs) that receive funding through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The findings provide nationally representative descriptive information on the home visiting workforce in MIECHV-funded agencies across the US. Qualitative data from case studies in eight states complement survey findings and offer detailed accounts of home visiting programs’ experiences with recruiting and training home visitors and home visitors’ perspectives on their jobs. The research team also conducted a deep review of existing research literature and interviewed key informants to identify potential strategies for building a pipeline of qualified home visitors and supervisors.
SOURCE: Heather, S. Benatar, S. Peters, R. Genua, D. Coffey, A. Lou, C. Adelstein, S. and Greenberg, E. “Home Visiting Career Trajectories.” Final Report. OPRE Report #2020- 11, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, February 2020.
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