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The State of Early Head Start Home Visiting

ByBridget A. Walsh, Jennifer A. Mortensen

This chapter explores how home visiting supports vulnerable families, and provides an overview of the Early Head Start (EHS) home visiting approach. It shows how family life education methodology or Certified Family Life Educators as home visitors could effectively address the need for a consistent and enhanced evidence-based curriculum to EHS home visiting. Families living in poverty can experience stress due to food insecurity, hunger, inadequate medical care, the inability to provide such basic needs as food, clothing, and shelter to their children, dangerous neighborhoods and a myriad of other factors. Families living in poverty are more likely to experience issues related to domestic violence, addiction and mental health concerns. Head Start was developed in response to the nation’s increasing awareness of the deleterious effects of poverty and the recognition that quality education can make a difference in the lives of impoverished families.