Find out more about home visiting models in Virginia:

CHIP of Virginia

CHIP of Virginia changes lives two generations at a time by working with families caught in the cycle of poverty. Using proven best practices to intervene early, CHIP prepares parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher.

Early Head Start

Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. Many Head Start programs also offer home-based services to families and child care for infants and toddlers through Early Head Start.

Healthy Families Virginia 

Healthy Families Virginia is the nationally recognized home visiting model developed by Prevent Child Abuse America. The program is designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

Healthy Start/Loving Steps

Healthy Start/Loving Steps works to eliminate disparities in perinatal health experienced by African-American women and their families to prevent infant mortality and low weight births.

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership is a maternal and early childhood health program that introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. Nurses support first-time moms to have a healthy pregnancy, develop parenting skills, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. PAT supports parents in being their child’s first and most influential teachers.

Resource Mothers

Resource Mothers is designed to decrease infant mortality and low birth weight rates among Virginia’s teen mothers. The program was created to improve birth outcomes for the teen and the baby.

For locations of these programs throughout Virginia, click here.

Program models may differ, but they have the following elements in common:


All program services are voluntary.

Early Childhood Focused

Program services are offered prenatally through school entry–typically up to age 6.


Services are offered to families in their home  and/or community.

Holistic Focus

All models provide services that are holistic in nature and designed to support the overall health and well-being of all family members.

Best Practices

All models are evidence informed and grounded in best practice principles.  Each program has a well-defined model of service delivery that local programs implement with fidelity


Each program utilizes a standardized curriculum to support work with families.

Professional Staff

All program model staff are required to participate in extensive training including model and curriculum specific implementation training. 


Program evaluation demonstrates effectiveness by tracking participant outcomes in multiple domains including maternal and child health, child development, family functioning, school readiness, relational health and child maltreatment.

Quality Assurance/ Quality Improvement

Data is not only used to track program outcomes but also for quality assurance and to drive improvements and innovation in service delivery.