• Early Head Start Home Visiting provides service to low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to age 3 years. To be eligible for Early Head Start Home Visiting, most families must be at or below the federal poverty level. However, Early Head Start — Home Visiting programs must make at least 10 percent of their enrollment available to children with disabilities who are eligible for Part C services.
  • Early Head Start Home Visiting home-based services include one weekly 90-minute home visits and two group activities per month for parents and their children.
  • Healthy Families is designed to help families manage life’s challenges by building on their strengths. The program model offers weekly home visits, beginning prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth, and continuing through the first three to five years of life. In addition, HF offers screenings and assessments and may include parent support groups, father involvement programs, and job training.
  • Healthy Steps is a program based at clinic or another medical site. Each Healthy Steps team includes a pediatric or family medicine doctor and Healthy Steps Specialists. During visits, which take place at each well-child visit, the Healthy Steps Specialist discusses the child’s development, parenting stresses, and provides family supports. In addition to the center-based visits, the Health Steps Specialists will also provide home visits. The Healthy Steps program begins when the child is born and continues until the child is three years old.
  • In Massachusetts, Healthy Families provides home visiting for first-time parents under age 21. Parents are eligible for these services during pregnancy until their child is three years old. In some communities, however, first-time parents of any age are eligible.
  • Parents As Teachers provides parents with child development knowledge, parenting support, and school readiness. The PAT model includes home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. .PAT may serve families from pregnancy to kindergarten entry.

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