Colorado Home Visiting Investment Plan
Benefits of Home Visitation
Home visiting services are a crucial element of the support system available in Colorado to families with young children. Evidence shows home visitation provides multiple, sustained benefits for children, caregivers and families:
Colorado’s Home Visiting Investment Task Force was formed by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) and charged with developing a set of recommendations to expand access, promote equity, and increase the quality of home visiting services across the state. Dr. Courtney Everson, Senior Researcher and Project Director for the Colorado Lab, serves as a task force member and chaired the Innovations Committee.
Following nearly a year of work by the task force—and years of groundwork leading up to the task force being convened—the Home Visiting Investment Plan was officially released on August 18th. Senator Rhonda Fields, who endorsed the task force process, provided opening remarks at the plan release event at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion. The event brought together task force members, parent representatives, state legislators, the Governor’s Office staff members, providers, and other home visiting champions.
Members of the task force developed recommendations in partnership with families, communities, providers, policymakers, and system leaders. Recommendations will help to:
The task force has been re-authorized by ECLC and will continue its work by planning approaches to effectively implement all recommendations. Collectively, their efforts will focus on expanding and strengthening home visiting to further promote well-being for children and family.