New Release: Home Visiting Career Trajectories Final Report
A stable and well-trained workforce is a critical component of effective home visiting program implementation. To support MIECHV awardees, local programs, and home visiting model developers to recruit, train, and retain qualified staff, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in collaboration with HRSA, contracted with the Urban Institute to conduct a mixed methods study on the early childhood home visiting workforce.
Researchers found that home visitors care deeply about working with families, but low-pay, narrow paths for advancement and on-the-job stress make it challenging for home visitors to remain in their job. One-third of program managers report one or more current home visitor vacancies.
Researchers recommend strategies for recruiting and retaining top home visitors, including:
- Investing in strategic recruitment efforts,
- Creating professional development systems,
- Initiating regular team building and reflective supervision, and
- Creating opportunities for leadership and advancement.