DC Home Visiting On-Line Modules

As part of their federally funded home visiting program, the DC Department of Health collaborated with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to create a series of on-line learning materials to support high quality implementation of home visiting across the District.

Foundational On-line Trainings

This series of learning modules is designed to promote the home visitor's knowledge of the foundations of early learning, warning signs of developmental delays, meeting the needs of families, and understanding the emerging profession of home visiting. The modules have been listed in a sequence that is beneficial for the learner but can be viewed in any order.

The Right Questions are the Key

Home visiting programs are well positioned to screen families and young children and provide referrals to community-based services. This on-line EdX course features brief videos of home visitors and their supervisors talking about their experiences administering a range of screening tools and discussing the results with families. Interactive activities are included in the course.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health(IECMH): Promoting resilience across a lifetime

The early years are a period of extraordinary, foundational growth and development—shaped by experiences and interactions facilitated by parents and other primary caregivers. This module will focus on the critical role of early relationships and attachment in influencing brain development, self-regulation, reflective functioning and other key ingredients for fostering social emotional health and wellness. This module introduces the idea of “ghosts in the nursery,” and the powerful role of the home visitor/early childhood expert in supporting parents to support their little ones.

The Price of Caring: Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma and Burnout

Working in the lives of young children and their families can be incredibly meaningful and rewarding. At the same time, this work can be emotionally costly--especially in the context of serving families affected by adverse circumstances. Early childhood experts can be vulnerable to absorbing the strong feelings of families in their care--putting them at risk for burnout and/or compassion fatigue. This module will focus on the importance of promoting professional resilience through self-care, mindfulness, and reflective support.   

An Introduction to Trauma in Early Childhood

Infants and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of unrelenting stress or trauma. This module will focus on the potential impact of early adverse experiences, including long-term neurobiological effects. The unique implications of developmental trauma, related to abuse, neglect, or other relational adversity, is addressed. The critical role of parents in buffering their young children from the effects of stress is also addressed.

Supporting Parents with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities




Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.