The Consortium defines perinatal and early childhood home visiting as a multi-disciplinary, family-centered support strategy with services delivered by trained professionals in the home that:

  1. is offered on a voluntary basis to pregnant women and/or families with children through the age of 5;

  2. provides a comprehensive array of holistic, strength-based services that promote parent and child physical and mental health, bonding and attachment, confidence and self-sufficiency, and optimizes infant/child development by building positive, empathetic, and supportive relationships with families and reinforcing nurturing relationships between parents and children; and

  3. is designed to empower parent(s) to achieve specific outcomes which may include:  healthy pregnancy, birth and infancy; optimal infant/child development; school readiness; and prevention of adverse childhood experiences.