Home Visitors

Home visitors use the family's home environment to help create rich learning opportunities that build on everyday routines and set the stage for school readiness.

Home visitors play an essential role in working with families to lay a foundation for their child's school readiness. They work in environments where families are most comfortable. This sets the stage for close, trusting relationships. Through these relationships, home visitors establish a partnership with the family by setting goals for their child and themselves. Home visitors support parent-child interactions and offer information and activities that align with the family's goals.

Steps to School Readiness

  1. Establish Goals for Improving School Readiness Across Domains

  2. Create and Implement an Action Plan for Achieving Established School Readiness Goals

  3. Assess Child Progress on an Ongoing Basis and Aggregate and Analyze Data Throughout the Year

    • Have a systematic process to collect and analyze child assessment data [PDF, 364KB].
    • Collect and study data at least three times per year using norms or criterion references for same-age infants and toddlers, when available.
    • Use the mid-point data gathering and study time to make changes, if needed.
    • Identify ways to enhance the curriculum, program strategies, and care practices used with infants and toddlers to help them reach the goals.
  4. Examine Data for Patterns of Progress for Groups of Children to Revise, Develop, and Implement Plans for Program Improvement

    • Use the information learned through child assessment data to improve program services.
    • Implement strategies to enhance program performance and design so all children succeed, such as adjusting the:
      • Strategies for engaging families
      • Type or intensity of services

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Stories from the Field

Last Reviewed: December 2014

Last Updated: December 9, 2016