DC Home Visiting Council

DC Home Visiting Council

DC Home Visiting Council

DC Action advocates for home visiting programs in the District of Columbia to strengthen families with expectant parents and young children to meet their full potential.

Who We Are

DC Action leads the DC Home Visiting Council and collaboratively facilitates its city-wide strategic efforts. We convene public and private partners so that home visiting programs are:

  • sustainably funded
  • accessible to families who need their services most
  • effectively designed; and
  • well coordinated in the District of Columbia.

Together, members work to build stronger systems for expectant parents and families with young children by improving coordination between home visiting programs, government agencies, and providers of family services that are critical to meeting families’ needs, and by working to inform the systems that families rely on.

Why Home Visiting Matters

Home visiting - an evidence-based family support strategy - involves trained home visitors meeting with families in their homes or in another comfortable setting. Home visiting helps parents deepen attachment with their child, learn about their child’s growth, identify behavioral or health concerns, adopt developmentally appropriate responses to their child’s behavior, and navigate resources to meet their child’s needs. They also attend to caretakers’ well-being by identifying and supporting parents with postpartum depression, and coaching parents with strategies and resources for managing their physical, emotional, and economic health.

Get Involved

Email Nisa Hussain at nhussain@dckids.org to learn more. 

Visit DCHomeVisiting.org

Featured Resources

DC Home Visiting Council 2020 Annual Report, April 2021

In fiscal year 2020--as in 2019--13 organizations implemented 16 home visiting programs. In total, these programs had the capacity to serve about 1,362 children. For the first time, this year’s annual report shares how many families home visiting programs served. In 2020, 1,277 families benefited from the support of a home visiting program. 

Voices From the Field: The Experiences of the District’s Home Visitors, February 2021

This report highlights the strengths, challenges, and needs of the home visiting workforce in the District of Columbia. Available in English and Spanish.