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The Essentials of Home Visiting

Robust. Reflective. Relevant.
Accredited online courses to support home visiting in any model.

Home visitors and family support professionals are an essential part of family wellbeing and strong program outcomes. That’s why we launched The Essentials of Home Visiting, a high-quality, online training platform designed to create confident, competent home visitors and supervisors within any home visiting model.

The Essentials of Home Visiting closes the gap in home visitor education with relevant topics and a flexible, accredited training experience. Learners earn CEUs that support the acquisition and maintenance of professional credentials across multiple fields and state and professional registries.

Our comprehensive catalog of cost-effective, self-paced courses and live webinars is competency-based and rooted in decades of home visiting expertise from Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce). Individualized implementation support from Start Early experts ensures you meet state and system requirements while strengthening the professionalism of your entire home visiting workforce.

Live webinars now available in Spanish!

Attend two of our most popular Essentials of Home Visiting webinars, presented live in Spanish this August. Reach out to our team to learn more.

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The course helped me better organize my time and prepare myself before going to a home visit. I feel more confident in ... how I utilize my knowledge and take care of myself in order to help others.

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The Details

What does The Essentials of Home Visiting include?

The Essentials of Home Visiting offers research-based learning experiences that can be mixed and matched to create custom training solutions for family professionals.

Self-Paced Online Courses

The course catalog includes 10 courses, which cover everything from foundational training to advanced topics like infant mental health and trauma-informed practice. Two courses are specifically designed for supervisors of family professionals.

Online courses are self-paced and typically completed in 2-3 hours, with unlimited starting and stopping permitted. Learners have perpetual access to their courses, so they can refer back to the content at a later date.

Course Catalog

  • Basics of Home Visiting
  • The Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3™) Overview & Best Practices
  • Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting

Live Webinars

Webinars are live and facilitated by home visiting experts at Start Early. Each webinar is offered multiple times throughout the year.

There are 17 webinars within the course catalog, including 2 that are offered in both English and Spanish, and 4 specifically developed for supervisors. Each webinar includes a presentation, case studies and a Q & A session. Participants also have access to the recorded sessions.

Course Catalog

  • Understanding Substance Abuse Through the Family’s Lens
  • Home Visiting Boundaries
  • Promoting Effective Parenting With Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma in Families & Communities

Implementation Support

Start Early experts provide technical assistance to assist state and system leaders in providing the optimal professional learning experiences to meet the unique needs of professionals.

Technical assistance includes:

  • Regular calls to discuss implementation progress
  • User data analysis and reporting
  • Custom training portal with partner branding
  • Communication tools and materials to drive usage


All The Essentials of Home Visiting participants receive a Completion Certificate stating the number of hours of professional development and content areas they completed. The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings align with most states professional development registry systems and currently can be applied to:

  • Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH): The Essentials of Home Visiting self-paced online courses and live webinars are approved for endorsement by AAIMH. Upon completion of these learning experiences, participants earn in-service training credits towards Endorsement® from their local Infant Mental Health Association, if their association is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. See crosswalk which details The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings that support each Endorsement Knowledge & Skill Area, as well as credit hours a professional may earn upon completion.
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) for Home Visitors: The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings can be used as Professional Education Clock Hours to obtain or renew your CDA for Home Visitors. Upon course completion, participants are provided official certifications documenting all required information.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Start Early is a provider of CEUs for Social Work, Education and Nursing in the state of Illinois. We can supply you with the necessary documentation so you can receive CEUs within your state.
  • Illinois Board of Nursing: The Essentials of Home Visiting coursework can be used towards Continuing Education requirements for nursing licensure. Certificates of Completion can be downloaded to verify your attendance and for use in your license renewal materials.
  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE):The Essentials of Home Visiting online courses can be used for Contact Hours / CEUs to obtain or renew your CFLE credential. Upon course completion, participants are provided official certifications documenting all required information.
  • DONA International: The Essentials of Home Visiting courses are accepted for doulas pursuing certification by DONA International. Participants who complete self-paced courses or webinars can use the completion certificates they receive as a part of their Birth Doula or Postpartum Doula Recertification documentation.
  • Lamaze International: The Essentials of Home Visiting is an approved contact hour provider for Lamaze International. Learners working toward the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator certification can use course credits to meet continuing education requirements.


The Essentials of Home Visiting is an approved training opportunity across the U.S. Find a state registry, resource, and endorsement near you.

Individual Home Visitors

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  • For access to the Essentials of Home Visiting learning experiences provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, please contact


Save the Children



West Virginia

(The Essentials of Home Visiting) allows rural home visitors to attend trainings and not use excessive time and money traveling. This is so important in the current financial climate. The interactive components … also allow (participants) to form relationships and feel part of … a learning community.

State Leader, Illinois
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What the Field Is Saying

  • 94% of participants report satisfaction and 91% would recommend The Essentials of Home Visiting to a colleague
  • 76% of participants report applying what they learned within one week of engaging with a The Essentials of Home Visiting experience