The National Home Visiting Summit is a conference that integrates policy, practice, and research to influence systems change, with the goal of advancing equitable and high-quality home visiting services, structures, and systems. The Summit provides a platform to advance home visiting as a critical component of the early childhood system.

View the 2025 Agenda At-a-Glance to help plan your trip to Washington, D.C. for this year’s conference accordingly.

Agenda At-a-Glance

About the National Home Visiting Summit

About the Summit

The National Home Visiting Summit will be held in person from February 12 – 14, 2025.

Opening the Doors to Systems Change

The Summit is designed for state and federal administrative and legislative systems leaders, federal, state, and local policy advocates, researchers, program and practice leaders, direct service providers, parents/caregivers and philanthropic partners interested in information that supports and strengthens their role as decision-makers and change agents in the home visiting field. Accordingly, each session is an important opportunity for speakers to engage leaders on the most pressing and innovative issues concerning the field today.  The perspectives and practices of intersectional professionals and families are especially encouraged.

Location
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW Washington, DC, USA, 20001 202.582.1234

Interested in attending virtually? The three plenary sessions at the conference will be streamed live for those unable to attend in-person. The plenary sessions are the only live content offered virtually at the 2025 Summit. Learn more.

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Call for Proposal

The Call for Proposal for the 2025 Summit is open! The Summit seeks workshop proposals addressing systems change within the home visiting field and early childhood system of care. Systems change can and should be influenced at multiple levels, including family, workforce, community, state, and federal and should include voices with lived experience and expertise within the early childhood ecosystem.

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Agenda

The in-person conference will include the following engagements:

  • 3 plenary sessions
  • 25+ workshops
  • Poster session
  • Exhibitor expo
  • Hill visits and advocacy opportunities
  • Communities of practice

The Summit agenda at-a-glance is available here.

Session Registration
Sessions will be open for registration in January.

2025 Plenaries
Stay tuned to learn more about the 2025 Plenary speakers!

Continuing Education Units

Start Early is an Accredited Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). For the first time, the National Home Visiting Summit will offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for workshops and plenary sessions. IACET CEUs will be issued via standards set up by Start Early as an accredited organization via the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). As the official standard for continuing education and training, IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are recognized by a wide range of organizations, including professional associations, regulatory boards, corporations, and universities. Start Early is unable to seek state-by-state early childhood workforce registry approval for the Summit. However, as a current IACET-approved provider, all content sessions at the Summit include CEU provision options for learners (learners must complete and pass associated evaluations to obtain CEUs). We encourage individuals to directly contact their state registry to find out if CEUs may be accepted and count toward clock hour requirements.

Credit for each plenary session attended: 0.1 CEU

Credit for each workshop session attended: 0.1 CEU

To receive credit, you must participate in the entirety of the session and complete the end-of-session evaluation. Start Early will issue CEUs throughout the month of February in the form of certificates via email. Please be patient as we process your certificate.

Conference Commitment

Conference Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB):

Justice demands that we take the necessary steps to reimagine and create systems to ensure that children, families, providers and communities have fair conditions, support, and agency to live free of oppression, with humanity and joy. The home visiting field must continuously grapple with the field’s role in addressing the deep economic, social, and racial disparities that exist in the United States and globally. Systems change happens at every level of home visiting with families and home visitors, supervisors, funders, policy professionals, researchers and community partners all pushing at different leverage points. As drivers of quality and positive change in home visiting across many roles, with varied and often intersectional backgrounds and wisdom, the Summit invites you, through work in policy, practice, research to partner to change the systems on which these inequities were built. Learn more about our community agreement.

Resources:

Conference Commitment to Accessibility – Creating an Inclusive Community:

Start Early is committed to providing all participants with a safe and welcoming environment. As you register for the conference, you must agree to the Summit’s Community Agreement. Aligned with the Conference Commitment, the Community Agreement outlining the code of conduct for all Summit participants.

Please review the list below for further details:

  • Handicap-accessible meeting location at the Grand Hyatt Washington
  • Designated nursing and medical necessities space
  • Gender-neutral bathroom
  • Contributing to a fragrance-free even
    • Scents and chemical products may exacerbate the symptoms of a person’s medical condition; please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event (including attire exposed to smoke
  • Inclusive meal selections to accommodate dietary needs.
  • Support for requests for reasonable accommodations, including ASL, interpretation, captioning, audio enhancements, etc.

Requests can be made when you register or by emailing Events@StartEarly.org.

Objectives

  1. Contribute to and be a catalyst for field-building investments to design and strengthen the systems and infrastructure needed to ensure equitable ongoing program quality and to facilitate the commitment of increased public and private investments over time.
  2. Provide leaders in the home visiting field and connected systems of care with a national forum for the exchange of best practices, emerging concepts and lessons learned across systems, states and models on the most relevant topics, adaptations and emerging challenges facing the home visiting field.
  3. Promote and highlight issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with an emphasis on re-creating systems to ensure that all children and families are supported fairly and equally.
  4. Facilitate building strong national partnerships with local, state and national leaders to increase systems influence and inform policy nationwide.

Sponsorship / Exhibitor

The National Home Visiting Summit provides an exclusive opportunity for a sponsor—whether corporate or individual—to demonstrate its commitment to children and families to hundreds of early childhood leaders from across the country.

Learn More

Please email Events@StartEarly.org to learn more about benefits and sponsorship opportunities for the 2025 National Home Visiting Summit.

Registration

Registration

Registration closes: Friday, January 10, 2025 If the conference reaches capacity in advance of the deadline a waiting list will be enabled.

Register Now!

Summit registration package includes the following engagements:

  • 3 plenary sessions
  • 25+ workshops
  • Poster session with live speaker engagement
  • Exhibitor expo with live vendor engagement
  • Hill visits and advocacy opportunities
  • Communities of practice
  • CEUs for plenary and workshop sessions

Meals
The following meals will be provided for registrants: beverage and light refreshments at the poster session on Wednesday, February 12; continental breakfast and buffet lunch on Thursday, February 13; and continental breakfast and box lunch on Friday, February 14. Dietary preferences can be indicated in registration.

Registration Type Fee
Attendee Early Bird Rate (through October 31, 2024) $XXX
Attendee Rate $XXX
Speaker/Poster Presenter $XXX
Livestream* $XXX

*Livestream: The three plenary sessions at the conference will be streamed live for those unable to attend in-person. The plenary sessions are the only live content offered virtually at the 2025 Summit. Virtual poster content and exhibitor booths will also be made available to livestream registrants. View the agenda at-a-glance for plenary session dates and times.

Home Visiting Parent/Caregiver Registration: To qualify for free livestream registration as a home visiting parent/caregiver, you must currently receive services as a parent/caregiver with a home visiting program. Email the event team at Events@StartEarly.org to receive the code for free livestream registration.

Limited funds for parent/caregiver in-person registration, travel, and honorarium are available. Should you be interested in attending in-person, please email Events@StartEarly.org.

Student Discount: A 10% discount is available for registered attendees in a degree-earning program. Please email us at Events@StartEarly.org if this applies to you, and the discount will be provided. This discount is applicable for in-person registration only.

Payment
The Summit accepts credit cards, purchase orders, ACH, and checks. We encourage attendees to complete payment via credit card when possible.

If paying by check, ACH, or purchase order, please adhere to the following: When registering, select the ‘Bill Me Later’ option to process checks, ACH, or purchase orders. Attendees paying by check or purchase order have 30 days to complete payment for the Summit or provide us with an explanation for extending the due date (i.e., waiting for the new fiscal year). Written payment explanations should be made within 30 days of registration to Events@StartEarly.org.

Please note:

  • Start Early’s W9 (also provided in confirmation email)
  • For those who select ‘bill me later,’ your invoice will be in your confirmation email.
  • For those who complete payment via credit card at the time of registering. A copy of your receipt will be contained in your confirmation email.
  • We encourage attendees to complete payment via credit card when possible.

Checks should be mailed to:
Start Early
Attn: National Home Visiting Summit
PO BOX 775834
Chicago, IL 60677-5834

To reconcile payment, checks must be mailed to Start Early with the invoice received in your confirmation email, including the attendee’s name and confirmation number. Failure to include documentation may delay reconciling your payment or lead to cancellation.

If someone else will be submitting payment on behalf of an attendee (I.e. a finance department or sponsoring organization) the attendee is responsible for ensuring that their invoice is included with this payment. If you cannot ensure documentation will be included in your payment email the conference planning team. Failure to include documentation may delay reconciling your payment or lead to cancellation.

We are eager to support you during the payment process. Please email us your inquiries at Events@StartEarly.org.

Group Discount Registration
A registration discount is available for organizations planning to register a group of 10 or more attendees. For every 10 registrants, the 10th registration is free. Please get in touch with us at Events@StartEarly.org before registering your group to obtain the discount.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy
All registration cancellations must be sent via email to Events@StartEarly.org. There will be a $100 processing fee to cancel in-person registration. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made after January 26, 2025. Credits will not be issued for future events. No refunds shall be made for cancellations due to inclement weather. Refunds in case of emergency: If an attendee cannot attend the conference due to serious illness or death, a full refund will be issued.

Substitution Policy
You may transfer your registration to another person (without cost) if you cannot attend the Summit. Email the event team at Events@StartEarly.org with the names and email addresses of the original and substitute registrants.

Hotel & Travel

Conference Location
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW Washington, DC, USA, 20001 202.582.1234

The group rate at the Grand Hyatt starts at $259 for February 11-14. Group Discount Code: G-OUNZ

Book Room

To reserve using the per-diem rate, you can book here at the rate of $188 per night plus tax. Group Discount Code: G-OUN1

The standard check-in at the Hyatt is 4 p.m. Eastern, and checkout is 11 a.m. Eastern. The deadline to reserve a room at the group rate is January 22, 2025. We encourage you to book in advance of the deadline.

If making your reservation by phone, reference the group code and conference name to access the group discount. Reservations: 202.582.1234

Ground Travel 
Ground transportation will not be provided. The D.C. Metro, taxi system and hotel shuttles are recommended.

The nearest Metro station to the Hyatt is the Metro Center Station and is connected to the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C. You can access the blue, red, orange, and silver metro lines there. The address is 607 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Learn more about the Metro.

Sustainable Travel Tips
Before we gather, we encourage you to review and practice sustainable travel practices for the duration of your stay. We hope to leave the nation’s capital and the surrounding community better than we found it!

Resources and recommended readings:

2025 Areas of Focus

Content Areas of Interest for the 2025 Summit (include but are not limited to):

  1. Expanding Ideas About Best Practice and Innovation
  2. Exploring a Continuum of Home Visiting (e.g. universal home visiting, community-developed models, home visiting in childcare settings, healthcare-based home visiting)
  3. Intersections of Home Visiting (Child Welfare, Early Intervention, Health Care and Human Services etc.)
  4. Sustainable Financing Strategies
  5. Workforce Well Being from a Systems Change Lens
  • Advocacy approaches for advancing polices that support innovation in home visiting
  • Experiences piloting and scaling innovative approaches for home visiting service delivery
  • Embedding infant mental health consultation within state home visiting systems
  • Short-term in-home partnerships between families, home visitors and other professionals
  • Home visiting’s role in addressing maternal morbidity and mortality especially in under-resourced communities and high priority populations
  • Parent leadership innovations; serving LGBTQ families
  • Home visiting and climate change policy implications
  • Home visitor and family led initiatives
  • Lessons learned from tribal home visiting systems
  • Emerging research on family economic well-being supports in home visiting etc.
  • Community Health Worker home visits
  • Home visiting in center-based settings
  • The strengths of and co-design processes used by community-designed home visiting models; home visiting approaches outside the U.S.
  • Policy and systems building efforts to scale collaboration between universal short term home visiting and longer-term parent supports
  • Aligning early intervention (IDEA Part C) state systems with home visiting etc.
  • Universal home visiting
  • Learning from Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) child welfare collaborations with home visiting
  • Partnering to support caregivers with substance use concerns; medical legal partnerships and home visiting
  • Early Intervention collaborations
  • Home visiting and public housing partnerships
  • State level approaches to Medicaid financing for home visiting; maximizing MIECHV match funding
  • Building foundation and community level financing; braiding state and federal funding
  • And innovative financing strategies like pay-for-success or other models etc.
  • State and local policy approaches to improving recruitment and retention
  • Policy efforts to reduce the administrative burden for programs and providers
  • Research on reflective supervision approaches; career laddering models
  • Grow-your-own staff recruitment and career laddering projects
  • And other workforce pipeline innovations etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend using FedEx, which is conveniently located at the Grand Hyatt.

The Summit does not provide on-site child care or designated activities for children.

These services will not be provided for the 2025 Summit. The conference will be delivered in English.

The Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. is the only hotel with a Summit room block.

There is no formal dress code for the conference. We do our very best to control meeting room temperatures, we recommend you bring an additional layer for your comfort.

Registrants can modify their agenda on the mobile app or desktop version. If you would like to switch sessions during the conference, we ask you to take your seat just before the start of the session to accommodate registered attendees.

We encourage you to attend as much as you can. However, your attendance at sessions or events is at your discretion.

The Summit is committed to providing an environmentally friendly conference. Session materials will not be printed. Please view our mobile app for materials and your individualized agenda.

All food will be labeled, attendees with specific needs should ask event or banquet staff for specific meal needs.

Yes, a nursing and medical necessities room will be available onsite. Visit the registration desk for a key to the room.

If you are staying at the meeting location or another hotel, you may give your belongings to the concierge at the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.

Please go to the front desk of the Grand Hyatt to report or find lost items. Assistance can also be provided by going to conference services and speaking with a staff member.

The conference website will be available for 5 months after the conference. Ending July 14, 2025.

Yes, please view the CEU section on the conference website to learn more.

Summit CEUs

The 2026 conference dates will be released before the upcoming conference. A Save the Date will be emailed to our community. To ensure you receive an email, please sign up below.

Sign Up

The Call for Proposal for the 2026 Summit will open Summer of 2025.

Communities of Practice

The National Home Visiting Summit’s Communities of Practice are focused on developing peer learning communities dedicated to the most pressing issues in the home visiting field.

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Thank You to Our Generous Funder!

The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit and Communities of Practice were made possible by:

Heising-Simons Foundation

Steering Committee

Explore Summit Blogs & Resources

The National Home Visiting Summit, hosted by Start Early, brings together state and federal administrative and legislative systems leaders, federal, state, and local policy advocates, researchers, program and practice leaders, direct service providers, parents/caregivers, and philanthropic partners who make that incredible reach possible.

The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit will take place February 12-14, 2025, in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Hyatt Washington, with an anticipated audience of 750 in-person attendees and an additional 500+ joining virtually via livestream of three plenary sessions. In 2024, the Summit drew 1,300 attendees to a hybrid conference, reflecting the high demand for Summit connections and content. Attendees at the Summit seek information and connections that support and strengthen their role as decision-makers and change agents in the home visiting field and connected systems (e.g., immigration, healthcare, child welfare, housing, etc.).

Summit Sponsorship provides an opportunity to market your brand, reach new customers, and foster trust and credibility with the decision-makers in the field at the largest convening of home-visiting supporters and providers in the nation.

In addition to the options below, custom sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available. Please reach out to Events@StartEarly.org with any questions or to secure your sponsorship.

2025 Summit Sponsorship Packages

Presenting- $25,000

  • Presenting designation and prominent sponsor name and logo placement on event website
  • Opportunity to brand one of the following: breakfast or lunch on Feb. 13 and 14. Signage will be provided to acknowledge sponsorship and the opportunity to provide your own branded materials/giveaways.
  • Opportunity to brand one of the following: Spanish language translation for OnDemand content or sponsor parent/caregiver travel and participation at the Summit.
  • Virtual and in-person exhibitor expo
  • Receipt of final participant list (Excel) three days prior to the meeting.
  • 5 Complimentary in-person registrations for your organization
  • 5 Complimentary livestream registrations for your organization
  • Recognition in event communications to attendees (approximately 1,200 individuals):
    • Conference welcome email
    • End of conference thank you email
  • Dedicated custom social media post pre-event – Twitter, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review

Champion- $15,000

  • Champion designation and prominent sponsor name and logo placement on event website
  • Virtual and in-person exhibitor expo
  • Receipt of final participant list (Excel) three days prior to the meeting.
  • 3 Complimentary in-person registrations for your organization
  • 3 Complimentary livestream registrations for your organization
  • Recognition in event communications to approximately 1,200 attendees, including: conference welcome email, daily recap emails and end-of-conference thank you email.
  • Dedicated custom social media post pre-event – Twitter, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)
  • Ability to sponsor one workshop session
  • Ability to host a discussion post on the conference app/website for in-person and livestream participants
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review

Premier- $10,000

  • Premier designation and sponsor name and logo placement on event website
  • Virtual and in-person exhibitor expo (medium booth)
  • Receipt of final participant list (Excel) three days prior to the meeting.
  • 2 Complimentary in-person registrations for your organization
  • 2 Complimentary livestream registrations for your organization
  • Recognition in event communications to approximately 1,200 attendees, including: conference welcome email, daily recap emails and end-of-conference thank you email.
  • Inclusion in social media post pre-event – Twitter, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)

Exhibitors $3,000

  • Acknowledgment on the conference website
  • Virtual and in-person exhibitor expo
  • 2 Complimentary in-person registrations for your organization
  • 2 Complimentary livestream registrations for your organization

Additional Packages & Add-Ons

  • $10,000 – Poster session reception and happy hour. Logo placement at the poster session and recognition on the conference website.
  • $10,000 – Mobile App – Logo placement and recognition on home screen. Available for 5 months.
  • $7,500 – Wi-Fi – Logo placement and acknowledgement at opening plenary session
  • $5,000 – Parent/caregiver participation – funds donated will be used to cover the cost of parents/caregivers to speak and attend the conference. These funds provide us with the ability to compensate caregivers for their time and childcare expenses while they are preparing and speaking at the conference. Logo placement and brand recognition on website and pre-event email.
  • $5,000 – Photo booth. Branding at booth.
  • $3,000 – Charging Station. Branded charging station.
  • $3,000 – Food & Refreshments – Recognition during break on signage, schedule, and push notification to attendees
    • Afternoon Beverage Break
    • Afternoon Snack Break

Opening the Doors to Systems Change

The National Home Visiting Summit is a conference that integrates policy, practice, and research to influence systems change, with the goal of advancing equitable and high-quality home visiting services, structures, and systems. The Summit provides a platform to advance home visiting as a critical component of the early childhood system.

The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit seeks workshop proposals addressing systems change within the home visiting field and early childhood system of care. Systems change can and should be influenced at multiple levels, including family, workforce, community, state, and federal and should include voices with lived experience and expertise within the early childhood ecosystem.

Acceptance notifications will be sent to submitting authors by early November. Please note that due to the high volume of proposals, we cannot provide feedback for each submission. Authors interested in receiving feedback are encouraged to email the Summit planning team. The review team will do its best to accommodate all requests for feedback.

Important Dates

Open Call: June 13, 2024
Deadline to Submit Proposal: August 30, 2024 at 11:59 ET
Acceptance Notifications: November 2024

Submit Proposal

National Home Visiting Summit

Conference Dates & Mission

Call for Proposal Announcement
The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit is an in-person conference. Accepted presenters will be expected to attend in-person. The Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., from February 12-14, 2025.

Summit Mission: The National Home Visiting Summit aims to integrate policy, practice, and research to influence systems change, with the goal of advancing equitable and high-quality home visiting services, structures, and systems. Learning, collaboration, and knowledge-to-practice transfer at the Summit are meant to advance home visiting as a critical component of the early childhood system.

Audience

The Summit is designed for state and federal administrative and legislative systems leaders, federal, state, and local policy advocates, researchers, program and practice leaders, direct service providers, parents/caregivers and philanthropic partners interested in information that supports and strengthens their role as decision-makers and change agents in the home visiting field. Accordingly, each session is an important opportunity for speakers to engage leaders on the most pressing and innovative issues concerning the field today.The perspectives and practices of intersectional professionals and families are especially encouraged.

DEIB Principles

Proposals should demonstrate a clear connection to the conference’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) that advances the home visiting field and connected systems of care through innovations, diverse perspectives, and a focus on impact. The centering of parent/caregiver and provider voice, voices which are often intersectional, as well as the voices, ideas, innovations, and solutions of those who have been historically marginalized and undervalued will be elevated and prioritized during the Summit.

Conference Commitment

Conference Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): Justice demands that we take the necessary steps to reimagine and create systems to ensure that children, families, providers and communities have fair conditions, support, and agency to live free of oppression, with humanity and joy. The home visiting field must continuously grapple with the field’s role in addressing the deep economic, social, and racial disparities that exist in the United States and globally. Systems change happens at every level of home visiting with families and home visitors, supervisors, funders, policy professionals, researchers and community partners all pushing at different leverage points. As drivers of quality and positive change in home visiting across many roles, with varied and often intersectional backgrounds and wisdom, the Summit invites you, through work in policy, practice, research to partner to change the systems on which these inequities were built.

Resources include:

Content Areas of Interest

Content areas of interest of the 2025 Summit include but are not limited to:

Examples within this focus area include:

  • Advocacy approaches for advancing polices that support innovation in home visiting
  • Experiences piloting and scaling innovative approaches for home visiting service delivery
  • Embedding infant mental health consultation within state home visiting systems
  • Short-term in-home partnerships between families, home visitors and other professionals
  • Home visiting’s role in addressing maternal morbidity and mortality especially in under-resourced communities and high priority populations
  • Parent leadership innovations; serving LGBTQ families
  • Home visiting and climate change policy implications
  • Home visitor and family led initiatives
  • Lessons learned from tribal home visiting systems
  • Emerging research on family economic well-being supports in home visiting etc.

Examples within this focus area include:

  • Community Health Worker home visits
  • Home visiting in center-based settings
  • The strengths of and co-design processes used by community-designed home visiting models; home visiting approaches outside the U.S.
  • Policy and systems building efforts to scale collaboration between universal short term home visiting and longer-term parent supports
  • Aligning early intervention (IDEA Part C) state systems with home visiting etc.
  • Universal home visiting

Examples within this focus area include:

  • Learning from Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) child welfare collaborations with home visiting
  • Partnering to support caregivers with substance use concerns; medical legal partnerships and home visiting
  • Early Intervention collaborations
  • Home visiting and public housing partnerships

Examples within this focus area include:

  • State level approaches to Medicaid financing for home visiting; maximizing MIECHV match funding
  • Building foundation and community level financing; braiding state and federal funding
  • And innovative financing strategies like pay-for-success or other models etc.

Examples within this focus area include:

  • State and local policy approaches to improving recruitment and retention
  • Policy efforts to reduce the administrative burden for programs and providers
  • Research on reflective supervision approaches; career laddering models
  • Grow-your-own staff recruitment and career laddering projects
  • And other workforce pipeline innovations etc.

Selection Criteria & Requirements

The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit steering committee, comprised of thought leaders from the home visiting and early childhood field, has worked collaboratively with conference organizers to inform the development of the conference DEIB commitment, content areas of focus, and selection criteria. As a result, the steering committee and conference organizers will use the following framework for selecting proposals.   

Conference Objectives

  1. Contribute to and be a catalyst for field-building investments to design and strengthen the systems and infrastructure needed to ensure equitable ongoing program quality and to facilitate the commitment of increased public and private investments over time.
  2. Provide leaders in the home visiting field and connected systems of care with a national forum for the exchange of best practices, emerging concepts and lessons learned across systems, states and models on the most relevant topics, adaptations and emerging challenges facing the home visiting field.
  3. Promote and highlight issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with an emphasis on re-creating systems to ensure that all children and families are supported fairly and equally.
  4. Facilitate building strong national partnerships with local, state and national leaders to increase systems influence and inform policy nationwide.

Guiding Criteria

Proposals addressing key areas of focus for the 2025 Summit that are submitted by and/or include representation of parent/caregiver and provider voice and that center voices which may include but are not limited to:

  • Tribal home visiting programs
  • Community-based home visiting approaches
  • Immigrant and refugee serving programs, practices and experiences
  • Urban and rural community systems builders and frontier experiences
  • Honoring Diverse Family Structures (e.g. father involvement, LGBTQ families, families with disabilities)
  • The session content and speakers share the systems change and innovation work that the larger field can learn from at community, state and/or federal levels.
  • Preference is given to presentations that align with the systems change/field-building vision of the Summit by highlighting important systems issues at all levels of home visiting from local programs to state policy, national research and policy, innovative or field-advancing practice(s), and creative/unique collaborations and partnerships.
  • Proposals that highlight cross-sector collaborations and/or systems building efforts and/or which feature speakers from various roles in the home visiting (and/or related) field will receive priority consideration.
  • The session content and speakers promote inclusion and diversity within the context of the presentation and broader home visiting field. Proposals should speak directly to issues of DEIB when possible. Please provide specific examples when submitting.

Continuing Education Units

For the first time the National Home Visiting Summit will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for workshops and plenary sessions. CEUs will be issued via standards set up by Start Early as an accredited organization via the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

To meet the necessary standard to issue CEUs all proposals must include measurable learning outcomes and specific engagement strategies grounded in adult learning principles and relevance for the Summit audience. Technical assistance is available during the submission process to support authors. Please take a moment to review the following resources:

Registration

Speaker Registration Rates

Workshop Speaker/Poster Presenter   $XXX

Travel and Registration for Home Visiting Parents and Caregivers
Limited funds are available for parents and caregivers engaged in home visiting services participating as speakers at the Summit will receive the following to support participation:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Complimentary accommodations at the meeting location for two nights (Feb. 12 – Feb. 13)
  • Flight or ground transportation reimbursement
  • Daily stipend and child care award
  • Honorarium

Presenting at the Summit

The 2025 National Home Visiting Summit is an in-person event. We will not offer the option to speak virtually. All speakers and presenters must be present at the event in Washington, D.C. to participate.

Creating an Accessible Presentation: We ask that all PowerPoint and print-ready materials be prepared in consideration of those with visual limitations. Consideration of color contrast between text and background, font size, use of alternative text for images shared are all important. Tips on creating more accessible presentations can be found at Section508.gov.

We also encourage teams to review these resources from the Web Accessibility Initiative on preparing slides and materials. Start Early will offer a conference branded PowerPoint template that includes accessible formatting as an optional resource for presenting teams. Start Early staff may offer further recommendations on design in meetings with presenters once a proposal has been accepted.

For best practices that include presenting live you can find support here.

Session Formats

Workshop Session

Session Length: 60 minutes
Delivery Method: Live (in-person format)
Session Description: Explore topics of common interest using innovative, thought-provoking content blended with audience participation. Presenters act as content leaders, presenting short segments of content and then leading engaging activities, group discussions, and participant reflection on how to apply knowledge to practice.

Attendees participating will engage via opportunities for Q&A and small-group discussion. Meeting rooms will include a mix of tables and theater style seating. Estimated attendance for workshops will range from 70-120+.

Successful proposals will clearly state learning objectives and attendee engagement strategies used in the workshop session.

Workshop speakers are required to present in person at the conference. You will be asked to declare your availability during the abstract submission process.

Example Proposal

Poster Presentation

Session Length: 90 minutes (live)
Delivery Method: Live (in-person format)
Each poster team will receive an in-person booth to host their poster and associated materials. Guidance for recommended printed poster size will be provided. Conference participants engaging in person will have the opportunity to walk around the poster session and engage directly with speakers for Q&A.

Example Proposal

Help Me Decide

Session Length: N/A
Delivery Method: N/A
Session Description: Submit your presentation idea and work with the conference organizer on determining the best format for your session.

Speaker & Session Requirements

  • The Summit encourages presenters to consider limiting speaking teams to 3 individuals. In circumstances where the speaker team is more than 3-individuals in your proposal, please describe the purpose for including the larger speaker team and how everyone will be incorporated into the presentation.  Start Early reserves the right to reduce the size of proposed speaking teams if the number exceeds 3.
  • Speakers presenting must commit to in-person in Washington, D.C., on February 12-14, 2025. The conference organizer will assign session times in November. You will be asked to declare your availability during the abstract submission process.
  • All accepted speakers are required to complete Start Early’s speaker agreement form.
  • All presenters in workshop sessions must attend a planning meeting with the conference organizing team to review logistics, virtual streaming (as applicable), content, and field questions.
  • The conference organizer plans for approximately 650-725 in-person attendees.
  • All speakers must register for the conference by selecting the “speaker” registration type.

Submission Process

Submission Process

The submission process utilizes an online abstract management website powered by Cvent. The submitting author will create a username and password for the website, upload speaker bios/headshots, and complete the questions for the speaking team. The abstract management website allows you to save your progress and return to the website to complete/edit your proposal. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your proposal. A Start Early planning team member will contact you with a decision in early November 2024.

Submit Proposal

Bios & Headshots

The conference organizer requires all speakers to provide bios, with the option to include headshots when submitting their proposals. Bios should include each proposed speaker’s experience related to the session topic. The information provided during the proposal process will be used to create your session’s agenda and website content.

Abstract Submission Questions

To view the abstract submission questions, click here. Please note this document is for reference only. All submissions must be completed online.

Content Management

Content Management for Accepted Proposals: Speakers will be given access to Speaker Resource Center. This portal will be used to upload , session materials, posters, PowerPoints, and all related resources for your session, along with access to update bios/headshots. The portal will save all the information you provided during the call for proposal. Speakers can upload and remove resources before, during, and after the Summit.

Support

We are eager to support you during the submission process. Please email your inquiries to the conference planning team at Events@StartEarly.org.

Call for Proposal Frequently Asked Questions

Acceptance notifications will be sent to submitting authors by early November. Please note that due to the high volume of proposals, we cannot provide feedback for each submission. Authors interested in receiving feedback are encouraged to email the Summit planning team. The review team will do its best to accommodate all requests for feedback.   

We see systems change in home visiting as deeply relational, collaborative work that requires everyone in home visiting and policies, seeking root causes, a wider lens and promoting greater equity with changes in the field. We believe everyone-parents, policymakers, home visitors, funders and others-can be systems change leaders by helping create, implement, and reflect on the best practices and innovations that will push our field forward. The “waters of systems change” framework may be helpful for your thinking.

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We welcome proposals and speakers from specific home visiting models if the work is widely applicable to the field. For example, a workshop on community level advocacy could be presented by staff from a specific home visiting model, as long as the approaches shared are accessible to others outside that program model.

Engagement approaches that allow time for attendees to consider, discuss, or actively apply key concepts or questions in smaller groups are often well-received. Opportunities for attendees to ask questions are appreciated. Hearing from more than one presenter in a workshop is common. Cross-disciplinary presentation teams and the voice of families engage diverse audiences make for compelling workshops.

Given the large volume of proposals we receive, we do not provide feedback to every proposal author. We try, when staff capacity allows, to provide feedback upon request.

The questions asked during the review process can be viewed below.

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No, you may save your draft and return to it. 

The submission portal will be open through August 30, 2024. Changes to your presentation can be made up until the deadline. Changes after the deadline will not be accepted. Teams with speaker updates are encouraged to submit those via email to the Summit team.

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As the National Home Visiting Summit returns to D.C. for our first in-person gathering in three years, the Advocacy & Policy Community of Practice (CoP)  invites state systems leaders, advocates, policy champions, families, and providers to join us on Capitol Hill to meet with your Congressional leaders to raise awareness about home visiting and the federal priorities needed to sustain and scale its impact on families and communities.

Participants joining the Summit virtually are also encouraged to set up meetings with their Congressional representatives to harness the power of virtual storytelling to build awareness about the impact of high-quality home visiting on families and young children.

In the months leading up to the Summit, the Advocacy & Policy Community of Practice, in partnership with Start Early, is offering a suite of resources to prepare advocates to engage their elected leaders on Capitol Hill. This includes training materials, networking opportunities and individual TA to support participants to effectively communicate with members of their Congressional delegation in January.  Jump to the resources below including our Advocacy 101 series. This also included a virtual webinar the CoP hosted on December 12, view the recording here.

Summit attendees – both virtual and in-person – will indicate whether they plan to participate in Capitol Hill visits when registering for the 2024 National Home Visiting Summit. In-person registration is now closed for this year’s conference. Virtual registration is open through February 2.

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Questions? Please reach out to us at Advocacy@StartEarly.org 

Hill Visits at the National Home Visiting Summit

Learn more about Hill visits for in-person and virtual attendees January 31-February 2 at the 2024 National Home Visiting Summit in Washington, D.C.

Consultation & Strategy Session

Capitol Hill Visit Consultation & Strategy Session: January 31, 9 – 10:30 a.m. ET at Grand Hyatt Washington

  • To further support and learn from your visits while in Washington, D.C., the Advocacy & Policy CoP will host a Capitol Hill Visit Consultation & Strategy session for those that are interested in receiving in-person consultation and assistance prior to your visit.
  • A “Live from Washington” federal strategy update will provide critical context about the latest developments in Congress and how to tailor our home visiting advocacy to the environment (and attention spans) on Capitol Hill.
  • This session will provide tools and tips for navigating your Capitol Hill Visit and provide an opportunity to ask any final questions before meeting with your representatives.

Completing Hill Visits

Summit attendees and CoP participants schedule and complete their own Hill visits (virtual and in-person) during the Summit between 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET on January 31. Advocates can also schedule visits throughout the Summit through Friday, February 2, 2024.

Debrief Post-Summit

Hill Visit Debrief Virtual Session: Post-Summit

  • After the Summit, we’ll reconvene to debrief our in-person and virtual meetings with lawmakers. The Advocacy & Policy CoP will discuss next steps for sustaining relationships with lawmakers, and support follow-up to any questions that arose during meetings with legislators. Stay tuned for registration details.

Advocacy 101 Series

Check out our Advocacy 101 series featuring five short, engaging videos with information and tips on building relationships with elected officials, crafting a message, planning a visit (real and virtual!) and making your visit successful.

Build Parent Advocacy Skills

This advocacy training series features short videos that highlight the skills parents bring to to table as powerful advocates and elevates opportunities to grow as leaders in advocating for home visiting.

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Important Information About Session Formats:

Make sure to register in advance for sessions that indicate registration is required to secure your spot. Capacity is limited for registration required sessions – recordings will be available for those not able to join registration required sessions due to capacity.

We Are Offering Two Types of Live Sessions at This Year’s Summit:

  • Registration required sessions are designed to support breakouts and verbal audience engagement with speakers and fellow attendees. Capacity limits have been placed on these sessions to keep the experience manageable for speakers and attendees. We plan to make additional slots available for sessions that have reached a full capacity throughout the week. Please cancel your registration if you will not be able to join a session to make space available for another attendee.
  • Livestream sessions do not require registration to attend and have a Live Stream button on the conference website to join.
  • All sessions are being recorded and will be posted to the conference website during the week.

Need help? Reach out to Events@StartEarly.org with questions

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The National Home Visiting Summit brings together systems leaders, practitioners, advocates and decision-makers in a collaborative pursuit to advance the home visiting field and systems of care to increase service quality and improve outcomes.

Learn More

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Thank You to Our Generous Funders

The 2021 National Home Visiting Summit and Communities of Practice were made possible by:

Steering Committee

Featured Summit Resources