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July/August 2011Vol. 12, No. 6Home Visiting Community Planning Tool

ZERO TO THREE now offers an online planning tool to guide communities through the process of creating new or expanding existing home visiting services for at-risk young children and their families. Users enter information about their community and existing home visiting services as well as answer questions to help them consider implementation issues at the program and system levels. The tool covers topics such as:

  • Community demographics, strengths, and needs
  • Strengths and gaps in existing home visiting services
  • Public engagement and the recruitment and retention of families
  • Staff qualifications and professional development
  • Partnerships, collaboration, and coordinated governance
  • Financing and sustainability
  • Evaluation and quality assurance

In light of recent Federal funding for States and Tribes through the new Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, many of the questions in the tool also help communities consider how to connect their work at the local level to larger State efforts. Ultimately, ZERO TO THREE hopes the tool will help community leaders select and implement an evidence-based home visiting program according to the needs and strengths of their community.

Access the Home Visiting Community Planning Tool on the ZERO TO THREE website: (712 KB)