EHS Tip Sheet No. 51 What Does the Two-Week Newborn Home Visit Address? – Head Start


Having a newborn can be tough. The two-week visit is an important check-in for staff and families. This Tip Sheet describes the content of that visit.


The first few weeks of a baby’s life are an exciting and demanding time for the baby and the family. The two-week newborn visit required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards focuses on the “well-being of both the mother and the child.” This visit does not take the place of well-baby checks. It also does not replace medical care for the mother. Instead, at the two-week newborn visit, staff

  • supplement those medical appointments,
  • address families’ questions,
  • evaluate the health of babies and mothers, and
  • offer resources and referrals as necessary.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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