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

January 18, 2024
Blog Post
Reporting Organization: DC Home Visiting Council

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 Visiting Council details the work of the District’s dedicated home visitors and their impact on their communities.

Home visitors are a crucial but often undervalued and consistently underfunded part of the early childhood workforce, providing individualized and holistic care and support to parents and young children in the District. The 2023 Annual Home Visiting Report provides updates on the home visiting sector, including data collected from home visiting programs and analysis of policy and funding changes, and highlights challenges to implementing and coordinating home visiting in the District. The report also discusses the Home Visiting Council’s work to address the collective needs of home visiting programs, the providers who staff them, and the families who could most benefit from them.

A few takeaways from 2023:

  • 13 organizations implemented 17 home visiting programs across the District
  • Home visitors made 22,799 visits
  • 1,242 families were enrolled in home visiting programs
  • Home visiting services supported more than 2,628 parents and children
  • Home visitors supported families in their efforts to navigate income, employment, or financial stress; find safe, stable and affordable housing; and deal with food insecurity, mental health, immigration issues, and domestic violence.
  • Programs reported challenges in hiring and retaining staff, difficulty collecting required data, and increased overwhelm for home visitors.

We thank every home visitor who made a positive difference in the lives of District families. We applaud the efforts of all the members of the Home Visiting Council on the progress they have made this year to improve the system. We hope that in 2024, the District officially recognizes and supports home visiting as an effective strategy for the early childhood system to support DC’s expectant parents and families with young children.

2023 HV Annual Report