What is the CalWORKs HVP?
Help young families reach self-sufficiency by improving family engagement practices.
- Support healthy development of young children living in poverty.
- Prepare parents for employment.
Forty-four of California’s 58 counties provide CalWORKs HVP services, directly or through subcontractors using evidence-based home visiting models evaluated according to criteria developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or an evidence-based program approved by CDSS. Examples of evidence-based home visiting models that counties may use include: Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Healthy Families America (HFA), Early Head Start-Home Visiting (EHS-HV), and Parents as Teachers (PAT).
What are the aims of the CalWORKs HVP evaluation?
Despite evidence that home visiting improves outcomes for at-risk families, not all eligible and interested pregnant individuals or parenting families have access to these services. Only 20% of at-risk families receive services. California has an estimated 50,000 vulnerable births annually where home visiting services could impact short- and long-term child and family outcomes, including reducing child welfare rates (California Budget and Policy Center, 2019).
The evaluation will measure the impact of integrating evidence-based home visiting services into the CalWORKs program. Using a quasi-experimental design, the evaluation will measure outcomes for parents, caretaker relatives, and children receiving home visiting services through the CalWORKs HVP.
The CalWORKs HVP Evaluation Team:
Evaluation Team Members