Secure stable funding statewide for targeted, intensive home visiting, increase political support for home visiting as a core early childhood service, and collaborate to improve the quality of home visiting practices.
Secure commitment from early care and education organizations, funders and children’s advocacy groups to include advocacy for state funding of home visiting in their legislative agendas and activities.
Build a cross-sector coalition to influence policy and budget deliberations.
Identify and develop a stable funding stream that does not rely exclusively on direct public funding of targeted intensive home visiting.
Build bi-partisan support for voluntary home visiting and early childhood development services.
Collaborate to build opportunities for practice improvement through professional development opportunities.
MN Coalition for Family Home Visiting History
The Minnesota Coalition for Family Home Visiting formed in 2009 to secure stable sources of public and private funding so that voluntary, targeted home visiting for new and expectant parents could be available statewide. Since that time, Coalition membership has grown to more than 40 organizations, including public and private home visiting providers, counties, children’s advocacy organizations, health plans, and funders. Initial funding was made possible by the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families and the McKnight Foundation and is supported by Greater Twin Cities United Way.
Why Home Visiting?
Early is Best — Brain development is at its peak prenatally and during the earliest months and years of life. Infant and child experiences during this time set the brain’s capacity and patterns which have a powerful influence on child outcomes for the rest of life. The children at highest risk for poor outcomes have mothers with limited education and low incomes; many are single or teen parents. Advances in neuroscience point to the life-long impact of toxic stress (unrelenting and un-buffered by a caring adult) on adult health and ability to learn.
Return on Investment — Home visiting is a service delivery strategy frequently used to build relationships with parents and children to promote family health and wellness, to increase parental competence and to foster healthy early childhood development. Evidence of positive Return On Investment (ROI) for high quality home visiting has been documented. Estimates vary. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve’s estimate is 5:1 ROI. Other reports cite improved health outcomes for both parent and child, increased family financial stability, reduced isolation, reduced child maltreatment, improved school success and graduation, and reduced crime.
Key Coalition Documents