Home Visiting Community

Currently, one in three infants and toddlers live in poverty in Minnesota. Research shows financially stressed families are more likely to have strain and instability that pressures relationships between parent and child.


What is targeted home visiting?


Targeted home visiting provides voluntary stabilizing support for at-risk families where they are most comfortable, at home and in their community.


During the first three years of life, a positive, healthy relationship with a parent or caregiving figure is the most important factor for successful development. These relationships not only provide a safe and healthy environment for physical growth, but also positive interactions that support healthy emotional and social development, and learning.


Families receiving targeted home visiting have:


  1. Access to health care services to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes of the child,

  2. Opportunities and support to develop secure attachment with their children,  

  3. Support their child’s physical and mental health development,

  4. Support for maternal health and employment need, and/or

  5. Connections to community resources.

Why does targeted home visiting matter?


The first three years of a child’s life are critical to making sure everyone has the opportunity to live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives.  Children who meet healthy physical and cognitive development benchmarks during the first three years are more likely to be prepared for school, have stronger relationships, and ultimately have healthier, more stable and prosperous lives.


Without opportunities to achieve desired outcomes for children and families living in poverty, we can expect to see continued stress which can lead to negative health and educational outcomes for children.


Who does targeted home visiting?


Trained professional and paraprofessionals provide parents with the tools they need, empowering them to support their family and child, from pre-natal and pediatric health care to establishing connections to social and community services.  To see a portfolio of targeted home visiting programs offered in the state of Minnesota, click here.


Lifetrack has served as the lead agency and fiscal host for the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting since 2011.  Additional support is received by the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Sheltering Arms Foundation.

Up Coming Events

Quarterly Meeting

December 5, 2019

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lutheran Social Services

2485 Como Avenue,

Saint Paul, MN 55108

Can't be there in person? Click here to register for the online option.​

The Coalition Quarterly meetings will take place Thursday mornings

from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.


August 1

December 5


New Webinar Recordings

The Impact of Trauma on Child Development: Considerations for Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health




  1. Define and distinguish types of stressful and/or traumatic experiences.

  2. Understand basic early brain development concepts and how trauma impacts these processes. 

  3. Identify the role of protective factors in fostering resilience among young children who experience trauma.

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Focus on Fathers: father advocacy in home visiting


Recorded at the December 6, 2018 MN Coalition for Target Home Visiting's quarterly meeting

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