Home visiting programs offer family-focused services to expecting or new parents and families, with infants and children, in their own home. These programs address mother and child health, positive parenting, child development, school readiness, and injury prevention including safe homes. These programs also introduce parents to education and employment opportunities. The home visitor connects families to resources and supports that can help strengthen the families’ health, development, and future.

Home Visiting Programs

  • Increase the rates of teen moms staying in school and graduating
  • Increase access to primary care medical services
  • Increase child immunization rates
  • Improve parent-child bonding
  • Improve school readiness
  • Decrease the number of low-birth weight babies
  • Decrease the number of child abuse and neglect cases
  • Decrease families’ need for welfare, or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and other social services

Learn about Massachusetts Department of Public Health Home Visiting Programs.

Helpful Websites for Expecting and New Families

Websites for Learning More About Home Visiting Around the Country


This information is provided by the Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division within the Department of Public Health.