Parent Teacher Home Visits

Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) offers an evidence-based, cost-effective, and replicable strategy for engaging families, educators and students as a team for student success. Its relational approach to home visits is transforming public schools in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the U.S., and has been used successfully from pre-K through 12th grade.

For years, research has shown that families are essential to student and school success. Effective family engagement builds relationships and capacity, and is linked to student learning. According to research by Johns Hopkins University and RTI International, the PTHV model of home visits reduces implicit bias, builds understanding and trust between families and schools, decreases chronic absence rates, and increases academic proficiency.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a high-impact strategy for family engagement, the PTHV model prepares educators to conduct relationship-building home visits using PTHV’s unique core practices. These practices help identify common goals and create mutual support and accountability between families and educators. The family is better able to support their child’s academics, and teachers bring what they learn about the child to support classroom instruction and management.

PTHV was started in 1998 by a group of parents in Sacramento, California, who wanted to build trust and accountability between parents and teachers, interrupting a cycle of blaming each other for low student achievement. A nonprofit, PTHV is the leading national expert and, after 22 years, is still the only organization promoting and training educators on a large scale for home visits designed to build relationships. PTHV works in 700 communities in 26 states and Washington, DC. For inquiries regarding PTHV’s introductory training module, please contact Yesenia Ramirez, Training Director, at or visit