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.

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.

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.

To join the DC Home Visiting Council contact Nisa Hussain at nhussain@dckids.org.

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