Resources for Home Visitors During COVID-19

A curated list of resources by the Start Early Washington team to support home visitors in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Parents teaching child at homeAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact families and communities, home visitors are demonstrating remarkable resilience, creativity, and adaptability to remote home visiting. The Start Early Washington team has curated a list of resources that focus specifically on home visiting practice.

Supporting Families Virtually During COVID-19

The National Alliance of Home Visiting Models has teamed up with the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals to create the Rapid Response-Virtual Home Visiting collaborative (RR-VHV). This coalition provides best practice principles and strategies through webinars to support all home visiting professionals in maintaining meaningful connections with families during this time of increased anxiety and need. Topics include providing home visits virtually, enrolling families during COVID-19, engaging families using a protective factors approach, and screening families virtually. Check back regularly for new webinar offerings and updated resources.

Start Early Washington is offering peer connection opportunities for home visitors in Washington state to connect with each other and share strategies for working with families during COVID-19. For more information or to register, please email

Guidance for Virtual Home Visiting Screenings and Assessments

Behavioral Health

We are all impacted by COVID-19 in our daily lives in ways that we may not realize. In this presentation, Dr. Kira Mauseth discusses where we are on a larger scale with behavioral health responses in the context of this natural disaster across our state, and how our brains and bodies function accordingly at home and in the workplace. Dr. Mauseth, who serves as the co-lead for the Washington State Department of Health Behavioral Health Strike Team, also describes what can be done to prevent burnout and increase resilience factors.

Caregiver Mental Health

Watch the recorded webinar on Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19 for Washington home visitors by Start Early Washington and Perinatal Support Washington. The webinar addresses common emotional responses in crisis, strategies and best practices for conducting mental health screenings virtually, as well as practical suggestions for supporting mental health during COVID-19.

Intimate Partner Violence

Futures Without Violence and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) partnered to provide a webinar on Remotely Supporting Survivors During COVID-19. It includes federal recommendations regarding IPV screening, virtual CUES, and practical strategies for connecting with local domestic violence advocacy programs and virtual safer planning for families.

Developmental Screenings

Brooks Publishing has developed a resource collection for using the ASQ in a Virtual Environment that includes resources for families and providers. In addition, they presented a live Q&A focusing specifically on questions raised by home visitors. Register to watch the on-demand recording of the Q&A.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Watch the webinar Home Visitors’ Attending to Risks for Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19: A Guided Reflection by Zero to Three on how home visitors can reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect during quarantine.

Parent-Child Interaction

Brooks Publishing hosted a webinar on using PICCOLO and HOVRS with virtual home visits to support positive parent-child interaction during COVID-19. Register to watch the on-demand recording of the webinar.