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Home Visiting Programs


Home visiting services pair families with trained professionals to give families parenting information, resources and support during pregnancy and throughout the child’s first eight years of life. 

Are home visiting services right for you? Dial 2-1-1 to see what home visiting programs are available for you and your family.

Who is Home Visiting For?

Connecticut Home Visiting programs are for expectant parents, families with children birth through age eight and those children’s other caregivers. Home visiting professionals work with families to build on family strengths and provide support focused on both the caregiver (often a parent, grandparent, foster, parent or child care provider) and the child or children. Programs also make sure the services families are getting are the right services for the family.

Why Home Visiting?

Research tells us that negative early childhood experiences have a large impact on a child's mental and physical health (http://acestudy.org/), even into adulthood. Home visiting efforts:

  • Improve the health of the child and the mother
  • Prevent child injuries, child abuse and maltreatment
  • Reduce emergency department visits
  • Improve school readiness and achievement
  • Reduce crime and domestic violence
  • Improve family economic self-sufficiency
  • Improve the coordination and referrals to other community resources and supports.

What is the Cost of Doing Nothing?


Home Visiting is a powerful way to prevent child abuse, promote healthy and safe children and strengthen families in Connecticut.


  • 39% of child abuse cases occur in the first four years of life
  • $210,012 lifetime cost of one victim of maltreatment due to adverse health, mental health and economic consequences of maltreatment
  • $124 billion total lifetime economic burden of all maltreated children in 2008
  • Evidence-based home visiting can reduce the incidence of child maltreatment by 50%  

Research shows that the earlier in a child’s life home visiting support is provided, the greater the potential for having long-lasting positive results.




Home Visiting Programs in Connecticut:

“Parents As Teachers” Model

Department of Children and Families Programs 

  • Early Childhood Parents in Partnership
  • Case Management for Pregnant Women
  • Building Blocks
  • Caregivers Support Team
  • Family Enrichment Services
  • Family School Connection Project
  • Family Support Team
  • Healthy Choices for Women and Children
  • Healthy Start
  • Integrated Family Violence Services*
  • Intensive Home Based Services
  • Positive Parenting
  • Putting on Airs
  • Young Parents Program

Are home visiting services right for you? Dial 2-1-1 to see what home visiting programs are available for you and your family.

Content Last Modified on 12/3/2014 8:47:05 AM