The Texas Home Visiting program supports the development and implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs in communities across Texas. It is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant and state funds.
The Texas Home Visiting motto is "helping good people be great parents" with the belief that all Texas children will reach their full potential in nurturing family and community environments. This program is for expectant parents and parents with children five years old and under. Some examples of home visitor topics with parents include: taking care of more than one child, learning new ways to keep children happy and healthy, getting children ready for school, and understanding how important parents are to a child’s learning and well-being.
Home Visiting Program Models
Texas selected four models because they address a wide-range of mother, child and family needs and allow for flexibility to meet the diverse needs of Texas' communities:
The models operate in 21 counties:
- El Paso
- Fort Bend
- Lubbock (also serves Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lynn, Terry)
- San Patricio
- Webb (City of Laredo only)
- 09/30/14 - Presentation to the Select Committee on Child Protection: Texas Home Visiting Programs
- 11/14/14 - Presentation at Toxic Stress and Early Childhood Summit