Evidence-based Home Visiting in the Era of COVID-19

For families of young children ages birth through five, evidence shows that interventions such as home visiting can provide families needed support and lead to gains in parent-child relationships and child development. Consistent, correct use of evidence-based practices by home visitors can help improve children’s outcomes even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect nearly all aspects of everyday family life.

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AIR hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, for practitioners and researchers from the home visiting field. The webinar shared findings from a pilot study testing a new approach to implementing an evidence-based language practice in Part C Early Intervention, Early Head Start, and Parents As Teachers home visiting. Presenters also discussed implications for practice during COVID-19, given that home visitors have had to turn to telehealth or video-based visits to deliver services.

The webinar provided a forum for discussion about key questions:

  • Evidence-based home visiting models: What supports are needed to best implement them with families?
  • Home visiting during COVID-19: How have practices in the field changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic?
  • Bringing it all together: How can we continue to support and learn from evidence-based practices in home visiting during and after COVID-19?


Eboni Howard, Ph.D., Managing Researcher, AIR


Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Donna Hunt-O’Brien
Vice President of Professional and Program Development, Parents as Teachers

Maureen Greer
Executive Director, IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association

Aleksandra Holod, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, AIR

Event Information

March 24, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET