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Healthy Montana Families

Healthy Montana Families

Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting

What is home visiting?

Home visiting is a partnership between professionally trained parent educators and families to help parents be the best parents they can be. Home visits are provided regularly to expectant parents, parents with new infants, and young children until they enter kindergarten.The goal of home visiting services is to build on parent and family strengths.

Parent educators provide guidance to address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, child development, safe home environments, resource and referral access, and school readiness. Home visiting services support healthy pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and strong parent-child relationships. The visits aregenerally provided in the family’s home or wherever they are staying, and may also include opportunities for group connections and other community activities.The home visiting models implemented in Montana as a part of the Healthy Montana Families are evidence-based, which means that research shows the models have positive outcomes for families.

The models implemented in Montana are:

Parents as Teacher Logo Nurse-Family Partnership SafeCare logo Family Spirit

Where can I find Home Visiting Services in my Community?

Program and Community Partnerships

Partnerships with community organizations are an important part of the home visiting services. Other early childhood systems often refer clients to the home visiting program, and the home visiting program often refers parents to other services that may be useful. In Montana, Best Beginnings (early childhood) community coalitions are key partners in coordinating early childhood services and improving the early childhood system.

Healthy Montana Families Program Goals

The goals of Healthy Montana Families are to:

  • Support evidence-based home visiting services in Montana.
  • Improve coordination of services for communities.
  • Identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families.
  • Improve maternal and child health outcomes which include: child development and school readiness; child health; family economic self-sufficiency; maternal health; positive parenting practices; reductions in child maltreatment; and reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.