Home Visiting

Home visiting programs improve the health of young children by providing support and services for them and their families — right in their own homes.

These programs reach pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents and caregivers of children under the age of 5. On this page, you can:

Learn about Sparkler

Sparkler is a mobile app that helps parents to check in on how their child is doing against key milestones — and provides activities to spark their early learning. Learn more about Sparkler.

Types of home visiting programs

Connecticut offers 4 different types of home visiting programs that are evidence-based. Each type is designed to meet the unique needs of many families with young children.

  1. Parents as Teachers: Teaching parents about early childhood
  2. Child First: Supporting children and families experiencing multiple challenges
  3. Nurse-Family Partnership: Connecting first-time parents with nurses
  4. Healthy Families America (HFA)

Parents as Teachers: Teaching parents about early childhood 

Parents as Teachers helps families learn about child development, health and safety, and getting their child ready to start school. Parents as Teachers weekly home visits can start anytime before the child starts kindergarten, including during a parent’s pregnancy.  

Child First: Supporting children and families experiencing multiple challenges

Child First helps families who are dealing with more than one type of stress at once — like not having enough income, violence in the home, or a mental health issue. Child First home visits can start any time during a child’s first 5 years, including during a parent’s pregnancy. Services usually continue for 6 to 12 months. 

Nurse-Family Partnership: Connecting first-time parents with nurses 

Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time, low-income parents have a healthy pregnancy and birth by pairing them with specially trained nurses. Nurse-Family Partnership home visit routines start early in the parent’s pregnancy and continue through the child’s second birthday. 

Healthy Families America (HFA)

HFA supports families in the home using a strength-based approach — building on a family’s existing knowledge, skills, and values — to support healthy childhood growth, promote positive parent-child relationships, and build stronger families. HFA offers most families services for at least 3 years, including weekly visits at the start. Find out more about HFA’s approach.

Find a home visiting program in your area

To find contact information for home visiting programs in your area, use our interactive map or the dropdown menu.

Last updated May 23, 2024