Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable families expecting their first child. First-time, low-income mothers residing in Berks or Schuylkill counties are eligible for free, in-home services. Each mother is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue until her child's second birthday. Berks County has the capacity to serve 291 families, and Schuylkill County has the capacity to serve 75 families.

The Nurse-Family partnership has been carefully tested during nearly 30 years of ongoing research. Consistent program effects across multiple trials include:

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness


  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide reasonable and competent care
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for the future


Home visitation by specially trained registered nurses focusing on:

  • Personal health
  • Environmental health
  • Life course
  • Maternal role development
  • Personal relationships
  • Referrals to appropriate human services


Office of Child Development and Early Learning under the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation

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227 North Fifth Street, Reading, PA 19601

Telephone: (610) 376-6988

Fax: (610) 376-7384