Home Visiting


Home visitation is defined as a program that includes the visitation of parents and children in their home by trained personnel (such as nurses, social workers, and family support workers) who convey information, support and resources. In early childhood programs, visits are generally initiated during pregnancy, or soon after birth, and can continue through the critical first years of a child’s life. The goal of these Home Visitation programs is to promote parent and child interaction, healthy child development, positive parenting skills, and decrease child abuse and neglect amongst low-income families.

Funded in part by the MIECHV (The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting) funds and state of Wisconsin, our goals are to support home visiting and family support professionals / programs to improve family outcomes in these six federally defined benchmark areas:
  • Improved maternal and newborn health;
  • Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits;
  • Improvement in school readiness and achievement;
  • Reduction in crime or domestic violence;
  • Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
  • Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

We know that by partnering and supporting parents during pregnancy and early childhood we can build the capacity of families to provide safe, nurturing places where children can reach their optimal development in the context of supportive parental relationships.

The video below articulates why the early years of a child's life are so important to that child's future success and wellbeing:


Home Visitor Training

We provide low-cost, comprehensive training and technical assistance for numerous health, social service, and community-based family support organizations.  We provide a wide variety of professional development opportunities,  with a specialized focus on supporting home visitors, their supervisors and program managers. Training is available statewide and open to all.  To learn about our training opportunities for professionals, please visit our PDS Online System or view the Home Visiting Calendar.

Home Visiting Trainers

Our trainers are carefully chosen based on their unique educational and professional backgrounds. They have years of experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities and many of them currently work in the field.  They are excited about the topics they teach and eager to share their knowledge.  For those trainers that don’t have direct experience working in the home visiting field, we spend time informing them about the work, the professionals that do this work, and the challenges of the position so that they are able to ensure a relevant and applicable session for participants.  Learn more about our individual trainers here.

Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals

We have a variety of home visiting resources for professionals and parents/caregivers.

Fulfilling the Promise 2016

Fulfilling the Promise is an annual conference for home visitors, program managers, and parent educators who provide home-based, group-based, and center-based support and education to parents of young children. The 2016 conference will be held February 23-25, 2016 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. More information can be found here.

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PDS Online

Contact Information & Hours


(414) 964-7400 - Central Reception

(414) 964-7404 - Fax


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The MCWP Center for Learning is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Center for Learning is also open on some evenings and Saturdays depending on our training schedule.

Physical Address

4425 N. Port Washington Road
East Lake Towers, Suite 400
Glendale, WI 53212

We are located on the 4th floor of the East Lake Towers building.  Free parking is available at the south end of the parking lot, marked with a sign that reads “UWM Parking”.


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