Parent Education and Curriculum

Local MCH Home Visiting programs must have a base curriculum (standard MCH topics to be covered with each family) used for each visit to provide consistency regarding education topics, resources provided, and anticipatory guidance. The base curriculum can be individualized as needed depending on the mother’s pregnancy stage, infant’s developmental age, parents’ special health or life needs, and any infant health or developmental concerns.

The materials selected must be approved by the Home Visiting Supervisor prior to use and should align with the most current standards and evidence-based or evidence-informed education and practice, whenever possible.

Educational Material Topics

  • Birth Plans
  • Car Seat Safety/Installation
  • Child Care Search/Selection
  • Child Development/Screening
  • Community Resources
  • Domestic Violence
  • Father Involvement
  • Health Care Coverage
  • Immunizations
  • Infant Care
  • Infant Feeding (breast/formula)
  • Injury Prevention/Safety
  • Labor/Childbirth
  • Oral Health (screening/care)
  • Prenatal Risk/Exposures
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Risk Screening
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Medical Home
  • Reproductive Health/Family Planning
  • Safe Haven for Newborns
  • Safe Sleep
  • Siblings (support, relationships)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Well Child/Well Woman
  • Work (returning to work)

Curriculum Assistance

Educational materials will be reviewed during monitoring visits, but programs can request support from the MCH Program Contact as necessary if they need guidance around content and/or sources.