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Leveraging the Potential of Home Visiting Programs to Serve Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families, Migration Policy Institute, August 2019


Home visiting, a two-generation program model that serves young children alongside their caretakers as well as expecting mothers in their homes, has proven to be an effective tool in supporting children’s school readiness, health, and social-emotional development. Though such programs have been around for decades, home visiting has gained increased prominence in recent years. Children in immigrant families and households where a language other than English is spoken (known as Dual Language Learners, or DLLs) are important target groups for such early childhood interventions as they are disproportionately likely to face risk factors, such as poverty and low parental education levels, that can negatively affect their well-being and long-term outcomes. Yet even as children of immigrants and DLLs are a growing portion of the population of young children in the United States—reaching one in four and nearly one in three, respectively, in 2013–17—research shows that they are underserved by home visiting programs.

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