Home Visiting

Delivering high-quality services that are consistent with evidence-based practices.


In this 16-week course, students earn 10 higher education credits and learn foundational home visitation skills, including communication, strategies to navigate difficult conversations with families, ethical practice, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and early childhood, development, how to introduce and implement screening tools, linking families to community resources, breastfeeding, perinatal mood disorder, substance use, managing home visits, record-keeping and more. Students in this class learn relevant skills they can immediately put into practice.

This online class is for anyone with an interest in home visiting and internet access. Students who successfully complete the course, and live in New Mexico, can receive a New Mexico Department of Health Community Health Worker Certificate.

This course is offered twice a year, starting in August and January. To enroll for an upcoming semester, contact us now.

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Training for Home Visiting Programs

These are temp placement paragraphs: Our home visitors are extensively trained to provide high-quality services to families. They receive training in child development, health and safety, positive parenting practices, and other relevant topics. In addition, we use the Family Advocacy and Support Training (FAN) model to guide our training approach. FAN is an evidence-based training model that focuses on promoting family engagement, cultural competency, and effective communication.

Our home visitors are also trained to meet the 28 competencies developed by the national Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative. These competencies cover a range of topics, including family engagement, health and wellness, child development, and program implementation. By ensuring that our home visitors are trained in all 28 competencies, we can be confident that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective services to families.

In addition to initial training, our home visitors receive ongoing supervision and support to ensure that they are providing the highest quality services to families. We believe that investing in our staff’s professional development is key to delivering the best possible outcomes for families.


The FAN model emphasizes the importance of building positive relationships with families and promoting their participation in services. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting families’ cultural backgrounds and values, and using this understanding to guide service delivery.

The FAN model is structured around four main components:

  1. Interactive adult learning: This involves using a variety of training methods, such as role-playing, case studies, and group discussions, to engage home visitors in the learning process and help them apply new knowledge to their work with families.
  2. Cultural competency: This involves developing the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds. It emphasizes the importance of understanding cultural norms, values, and beliefs, and using this understanding to guide service delivery.
  3. Family-centered care: This involves placing families at the center of service delivery and focusing on their strengths, needs, and goals. It emphasizes the importance of building positive relationships with families and promoting their participation in services.
  4. Evidence-based practice: This involves using interventions and strategies that have been shown to be effective in improving outcomes for families. It emphasizes the importance of using data and evaluation to inform program improvement and ensure that services are meeting the needs of families.

Overall, the FAN model provides a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to training home visitors to effectively work with families. By emphasizing the importance of building positive relationships, understanding cultural backgrounds, and using evidence-based strategies, the FAN model helps ensure that home visitors are well-prepared to support families in achieving positive outcomes.

28 competencies

The 28 competencies are grouped into six domains:

  1. Engagement: Building positive relationships with families and promoting their participation in services.
  2. Assessment: Conducting comprehensive assessments of families’ strengths, needs, and goals.
  3. Planning: Developing individualized service plans based on families’ goals and needs.
  4. Implementation: Delivering evidence-based interventions and providing ongoing support to families.
  5. Evaluation: Monitoring families’ progress and modifying services as needed.
  6. Professional development: Engaging in ongoing training and professional development to maintain and enhance skills and knowledge.

Some examples of specific competencies within each domain include:


  • Build trust and rapport with families
  • Communicate effectively with families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Collaborate with community partners to support families


  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of family strengths and needs
  • Use assessment results to develop individualized service plans
  • Assess the child’s developmental progress


  • Develop a comprehensive service plan with measurable goals and objectives
  • Ensure that service plans reflect family goals and priorities
  • Develop strategies to address barriers to service delivery


  • Use evidence-based interventions to support child development and family functioning
  • Build on family strengths to promote positive outcomes
  • Address family stress and trauma


  • Monitor family progress and modify services as needed
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and service delivery
  • Use data to inform program improvement

Professional development:

  • Engage in ongoing training and professional development
  • Apply new knowledge and skills to practice
  • Reflect on practice and seek supervision and feedback

These competencies provide a framework for ensuring that home visiting programs are delivering high-quality, evidence-based services that support families in achieving positive outcomes.

Get Started

If you are interested in participating in our program, please contact us to learn more about eligibility criteria and how to enroll. We look forward to working with you and supporting your family’s journey!


Our program is free to eligible families. We are committed to ensuring that all families have access to the support they need, regardless of their ability to pay. We work with community partners and funding sources to ensure that our program is sustainable and can continue to serve families in need.


  • Fully subsidized training
  • Available to eligible participants who meet certain criteria
  • Includes access to online or in-person training modules, workshops, and other resources
  • Provides home visitors with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support families
  • May include stipends or other financial support to help cover travel or other expenses


  • More comprehensive and in-depth training programs
  • Goes beyond the basic level of training provided in the free option
  • Includes access to higher-level training modules, additional workshops or seminars, or more personalized coaching or mentoring support
  • Includes additional resources or materials, such as books or manuals, that are designed to support home visitors in their work
  • Helps home visitors take their skills to the next level

Organization Pricing

  • Pricing options for home visiting programs that are looking to train multiple staff members
  • Bulk discounts or other pricing incentives available
  • Makes training more affordable and accessible for organizations
  • Includes access to online or in-person training modules, customized training plans or workshops, and ongoing support or consultation from training experts
  • Helps organizations ensure that all staff members have the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support families

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