Home Visiting Consortium
Maryland Family Network (MFN), under contract to the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education, coordinates the state’s Home Visiting Consortium. The Consortium is a loosely-organized group of representatives from any and all early childhood home visiting programs in Maryland, including Early Head Start, Healthy Families Maryland, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Nurse Family Partnership, and Parents As Teachers (PAT).
The purpose of the Home Visiting Consortium is to build capacity, provide mutual support, and promote best practices across all program models through continuous quality improvement. Through meetings, conferences, webinars, video conferencing, an on-line bulletin board, and other methods of communication, MFN maintains the focus of Home Visiting Consortium members on key areas that impact the quality of home visiting programs in Maryland. Members of the Consortium include home visitors who provide direct in-home services, program level administrators and supervisors, public and private funders of home visiting programs, and other interested parties.
In the last several years, MFN has helped Consortium members develop and disseminate program principles and guiding standards; create a framework and process tool for home visiting programs that did not previously engage in self-evaluation of program quality to self-evaluate and create an improvement plan; organize members to plan a professional development conference; and establish a framework for local home visiting programs to work collaboratively on training and related concerns, such as credentialing and certification. For more information, contact email@example.com.