DC Home Visiting Council

The DC Home Visiting Council advocates for home visiting programs in the District of Columbia in order to strengthen families with expectant parents and young children so that they can meet their full potential.
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Coalition Contact
Contact Name: Mary Katherine West

Who We Are

DC Action leads the DC Home Visiting Council and collaboratively facilitates its city-wide strategic efforts. We convene public and private partners so that home visiting programs are:

  • Sustainably funded
  • Accessible to families who need their services most
  • Effectively designed
  • Well coordinated in the District of Columbia

Together, members work to build stronger systems for expectant parents and families with young children by improving coordination between home visiting programs, government agencies, and providers of family services that are critical to meeting families’ needs, and by working to inform the systems that families rely on.

Why Home Visiting Matters

Home visiting – an evidence-based family support strategy – involves trained home visitors meeting with families in their homes or in another comfortable setting. Home visiting helps parents deepen attachment with their child, learn about their child’s growth, identify behavioral or health concerns, adopt developmentally appropriate responses to their child’s behavior, and navigate resources to meet their child’s needs. Home visitors also attend to caretakers’ well-being by identifying and supporting parents with postpartum depression, and coaching parents with strategies and resources for managing their physical, emotional, and economic health.

Get Involved

Email Mary Katherine West at mkwest@dckids.org to learn more.

  • Testimony of Mary Katherine West, Home Visiting Program Manager to the Committee on Health

    February 8, 2024

    Good morning Chairperson Henderson and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee as it reviews the Department of Health Care Finance’s performance...

    Testimony
  • Annual Report Shows Work of Home Visiting Council on Behalf of Children and Families

    January 18, 2024

    Despite limited and fluctuating budgets in 2023, home visiting programs and home visitors continued to make a significant impact on children’s and families’ lives. A new report from the Home Vi...

    Blog Post
  • Opening Doors: A Closer Look Inside Home Visiting

    January 18, 2024

    At 6pm on a Monday night, I met Abby Goldstein outside an apartment complex in Southeast Washington, DC. She held two large tote bags filled to the brim with supplies, many of which she would leave...

    Blog Post