General Home Visiting Training Programs

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is nationally recognized and awarded to trainees through the Council for Professional Recognition.  Since 1975, the credential has recognized individuals that work and train to serve in specific early childhood education settings, such as preschool, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs.  The training for this credential educates professionals are educated to build strong relationships within families, promote home environments that foster positive child development and well-being and support family self-sufficiency.  The training also helps staff become more culturally competent of the community and families they serve.  For more information on the credential aims, process, and resources for training, please visit: http://www.cdacouncil.org/index.php.

Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC)

Provided through Portland State University, the Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) offers a practice-oriented training specifically for home visitors serving families with young children.  This professional development program allows trainees to assess their own strengths and needs as well as examine core aspects of the home visiting process and quality that they provide their clients.  For additional information about the center and training, please visit:  http://pdx.edu/ceed/enhancing-home-visiting-effectiveness.

Minnesota Training Partnership

The Minnesota Department of Health has created the MDH Home Visitor Training Manual: Minnesota Training Partnership, which is a multidisciplinary effort that provides education and practice to members of a current or developing home visiting program.  The topics addressed are as follows: history of home visiting, strength-based principles and practices, culture and cultural context, attachment, understanding family systems and family development, and early parenting.  The training manual is provided for free on their website and can be modified to meet the needs of the program.  For more information on the manual and training details, please visit:  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mch/HOMEcurriculum/index.html.

Great Kids, Inc.

Great Kids, Inc. extends its services around the world to enhance exceptional early childhood and home visiting programs offered to families with children 0-5 years of age.  The program has several home visiting curricula, such as Growing Great Kids for Prenatal, Growing Great Kids for Preschool, and Growing Great Families, that provide training in English or Spanish.  Each of these curricula has specific goals; more information can be attained by visiting: http://www.greatkidsinc.org/training-introduction.html.  A four day training for home visitors and supervisors as well as a one day training for supervisors and program managers are offered focusing on surveying families’ in the community that may benefit from home visiting.  Another four day training aims to develop skills of home visitors and supervisors in order to enhance their home visits and family outcomes.  Supervisors and program managers also can train for a day on how to manage their program and be active supporters of their home visitors, such as providing their home visitors a two-year professional development program. Great Kids, Inc. offers a Technical Assistance and Quality Management Specialist Certification within states/provinces’ systems of specialized home visiting programs. Please visit the organization at: http://www.greatkidsinc.org/index.html.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) aims to enhance the skills of service providers assisting families and their children ages 3 and under.  The PITC offers training to home visitors, supervisors, and other staff from any home visiting program.  Training may occur during seminars for small groups and week-long institutes, which are offered in northern and southern California and east coast regions of the United States.  Continued on-site mentoring is also available.  Topics addressed during training include parent-child relationships, child development, cultural competence, reflective practice, self-awareness, and self-care.  For more information on the process and upcoming training opportunities, please visit: http://www.pitc.org/pub/pitc_docs/hv_overview.html.