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Home Visiting Career Trajectories, 2016 - 2021

Project Overview

The goal of the Home Visiting Career Trajectories project is to examine the state of home visiting careers to understand how people enter the field, the perceived and actual pathways for professional advancement and tenure, and reasons for field attrition. This work aims to address the paucity of data on the home visiting workforce that can be used to learn how to best recruit and retain high quality staff. The project has two purposes. First, it will provide information on the state of the home visiting sector and the career trajectories of home visitors and recommendations on strategies to build a pipeline of high-quality home visitors and supervisors. Second, it will provide information on the professional development system that supports early childhood home visiting, including training and technical assistance supports. To accomplish these goals, the research team will access pre-existing administrative and survey data, as well as collect new quantitative and qualitative data through two surveys and eight case studies.

Research questions include:

  1. What does the early childhood home visiting workforce look like?
  2. What are the career pathways of home visitors and supervisors?
  3. How are other factors related to the recruitment and retention of home visitors in the field?
  4. What are the challenges or opportunities in studying the early childhood workforce?

Urban Institute was awarded this contract. This project is being led by the Administration for Children and Families in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The points of contact are Tia Brown and Aleta Meyer.

  • Home Visiting Careers: How Workplace Supports Relate to Home Visitor Recruitment and Retention

    Published: August 6, 2020

    Early childhood home visiting programs support pregnant women and families with young children so they can be healthy, safe, and better prepared to reach their goals. The success of these programs is dependent upon recruiting and retaining a skilled, committed, and satisfied workforce. This brief summarizes findings from the Home Visiting Career Trajectories study—a national study of the home visiting workforce—on workplace factors in recruiting and retaining qualified staff.

  • Home Visiting Career Trajectories: Snapshot of Home Visitor's Qualifications, Job Experiences, and Career Pathways

    Published: May 22, 2020

    Until recently, limited research has been available on home visiting staff or on the professional development system that supports them. In 2016, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration, contracted with the Urban Institute to study the home visiting workforce in MIECHV-funded local implementing agencies (LIAs) to gather needed information...

  • Home Visiting Career Trajectories

    Published: January 29, 2020

    Early childhood home visiting programs provide new and expecting parents with information, support, referrals, and connections to community resources and services. These programs build relationships to support families in reaching their goals. They aim to improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage positive parenting, and promote child development and school readiness...

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