Home-Start coordinators set up an initial visit with the family to discuss its needs and tell the family about the program. The coordinator then matches the skills and experiences of a trained and supervised volunteer home visitor to the needs of the family.
Home-Start services are flexible and each home visitor adapts services to the needs of individual families. Volunteers can provide families with emotional and social support and encouragement; assistance developing life skills such as planning or financial management; assistance with parenting situations or the development of positive parenting practices, or help accessing additional services.
In addition to home visits, Home-Start programs may also offer family group sessions, postnatal depression support groups, healthy eating projects, or special support for fathers. Some Home-Start programs also organize social events and outings to bring local parents and children together.