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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 (formerly known as Achieve OnDemand), 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.

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 experiences that can be mixed and matched to create custom training solutions for any home visiting professional. IACET-certified.

Self-Paced Online Courses

  • Basics of Home Visiting
  • Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting
  • Domestic Violence in Home Visiting
  • Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse
  • The Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3™) Overview and Best Practices
  • Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families
  • Home Visiting with Families During Pregnancy
  • Supervising Home Visitors – for Supervisors
  • The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visiting – for Supervisors

Live Webinars

  • Understanding Substance Abuse Through the Family’s Lens
  • Being Present with Families
  • Domestic Violence: Safety Planning
  • Exploring Values and Beliefs Around Parenting
  • Home Visiting Boundaries
  • Trauma in Families and Communities
  • Home Visiting Safety
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing
  • Matching Family Needs to Resources
  • Partnering for Change: Having the Conversation
  • Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting – for Supervisors
  • Trauma: Putting the Pieces Together – for Supervisors
  • Implementing Tools to Enhance Home Visiting – for Supervisors
  • Reflective Supervision – for Supervisors

Implementation Support

  • Technical Assistance Calls
  • Custom Portal & Customized Usage Reports
  • Communication Tools & Support Materials


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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Visit our online training portal to browse learning experiences or register as an individual for a course or webinar from The Essentials of Home Visiting.

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State & Program Partners

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  • For access to the Essentials of Home Visiting learning experiences provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, please contact health.homevisiting@state.mn.us.


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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