Home Visitation With Mothers and Infants and Children

For about half a century, home visitation has been an essential ingredient of programs for low-income, low-education families with the primary goals of enhancing the quality of mother–child relationships and supporting enriched mother–child language and learning interactions.

History and Goals of Home Visitation Programs

Among the earliest programs was the Appalachia Educational Laboratory program HOPE (Home-Oriented Preschool Education). Of the 36 Parent and Child Centers funded in 1967, some models were home based rather than center based, or they were a combination of both. For the Houston Model, for example, providers weekly visited low-income Mexican American mothers for about 1½ hours. The goals were to enhance parental knowledge of their important role as teachers of their infants and young children, and to strengthen the family through ...

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