Once again, Voices is releasing a series of Issue/Policy Briefs that provide an in-depth look at a variety of children's issues.
We are continuing our 2017 series with Home Visiting Matters: An Ohio Primer, an examination of home visiting services in the state. Home visiting is a powerful tool for families. Research shows that home visits by a nurse, social worker, early childhood educator or other trained professional during pregnancy and in the first years of life improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, increase positive parenting and enhance child development and school readiness.
Home visiting delivers early education and support to families on their terms and in their own homes, which eliminates environmental constraints such as transportation and structured hours of operation. This allows home visitors to observe family processes in their natural environments. Through stand-alone programs, or in partnership with center-based services, voluntary home visiting educates families, provides resources for health, child development and school readiness. Families who participated in home visiting services were half as likely to be involved with Child Protective Services. Home visiting bridges community resources for participating families in order to build a better future for themselves.
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