This topical guide on early intervention visits will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program
Janis Keyser
Redleaf Press, 2006
This book emphasizes the importance of family-professional relationships when working with young children. This book gives examples on how to work with parents and bring them in as a part of the collaborative team, noting that the child benefits the most when families and professionals work together effectively.
LB 1139.35 .P37 K44f 2006 68221075

The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Ruth E. Cook & Shirley N. Sparks
Paul H. Brookes, 2008
This practical guide provides examples and best practices for building relationships with families and facilitating adult-child interaction.
HV 697 .C771a 2008 226038346

The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
Bonnie Keilty
Teachers College Press, 2016
Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
WS 350.6 K27e 2016  937999299

The Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development (3rd ed.)
Carol S. Klass
Paul H. Brookes, 2008
This book is a compilation of information for professionals who conduct home visits. Expectations are explained and situations that the professionals may encounter during home visits are explored. The book discusses ideas for how to build the bonds between professionals and families. Several sections discuss difficulties and dilemmas that some professionals have dealt with during home visits.
HQ 755.7 .K63 2008 212014610


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

Early Intervention Illustrated 2: The Art & Science of Home Visits
18-Minute DVD
Boys Town Press, 2004
This DVD demonstrates how to facilitate family-centered interactions between the service providers and the families of the children they’re working with. Strategies and specific skills are given so that these services can be provided in the most effective way in the child’s natural home environment.
HV 2392.2 .E12a 2004 228304471

Home Visiting: Research, Respect, And Rapport
60 minutes; DVD (APPLES Magazine; no. 114). Originally broadcast March 21, 2002. Featuring Connie Shugart and Mary Smith.
Western Illinois University; 2002
This video focuses on research/preparation; respect/recognition of the important of the family and acknowledgement of their values; and rapport/building a partnership committed to meeting the needs of the child.
HQ 755.7 .H765sh 2002 527700559

In-home early intervention: supporting families and their infants with special needs
16-Minute DVD
Child Development Media, 2011
This video includes examples of early intervention home-visiting approaches that reflect a variety of routine-based, family-centered strategies and activities used by two interventionists for children with different learning needs.
HQ 759.913 .In49sup 2011  781100251


We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

Zero to Three, 30(6), 16-21
Assessing Home Visit Quality: Dosage, Content, and Relationships
Diane Paulsell, Kimberly Boller, Kristin Hallgren, and Andrea Mraz Esposito. (2010)
This article outlines the three things that need to be considered for high-quality home visits: dosage (frequency), content, and relationships.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Early Intervention Home Visits
This video shows what early intervention visits are like. It includes descriptions of typical routines, parent coaching, and the primary provider model. (English and Spanish options) Video provided by the Connecticut Birth to Three System.

Paying for EI Services (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Highlight of a Home Visit
(Running time: 3min, 3sec) This video demonstrates a teacher conducting an effective home visit with a child who will be attending a child care center. She is gathering information and informing the parents about what they can expect on the first day of school.

Reaching Families Where They Live: Supporting Parents and Child Development Through Home Visiting
ZERO TO THREE strongly urges policymakers to continue supporting the expansion of evidence-based home visitation programs, so the diversity of families who need support can access it in a culturally appropriate manner.

The Illinois Early Intervention Program: A Guide for Families
Page 7 of this guide describes a typical home visit.

Tiara’s Story: Encephalopathy and Seizure Disorder
Meet Tiara and her family and see the routine-based interventions that were planned for her.

Early Intervention Visits