The Nurse-Family Partnership Model

Under the NFP model, registered nurses make regular home visits to first-time, low-income mothers from early in their pregnancies until their babies are age two. The life-changing results of the program, supported by 40 years of randomized clinical trials, are summarized at the bottom of this page.

The nurses offer information, guidance, support and encouragement. NFP's primary goals are for first-time mothers to achieve: 

  1. A healthy pregnancy

  2. Caring, responsive and dependable parenting

  3. Maternal self-sufficiency

NFP is currently operated in 43 states nationwide, with oversight from the national Nurse-Family Partnership organization. It has served over 33,000 women to date.

Hear from NFP's Founder

NFP is the result of the pioneering work of David Olds, professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and preventive medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. While working in an inner-city day care center in the early 1970s, Olds realized the children needed help much earlier: when they were infants, and even before they were born.

NFP Results

The NFP model has been proven to yield the following positive outcomes for participating mothers and children:

  • A 56% reduction in children’s ER visits for accidents and poisonings

  • A 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect

  • A 50% reduction in language delays in children at age 21 months

  • A 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems at age six

  • An 82% increase in months employed for mothers

  • A 20% reduction in months on welfare

(All data compiled from results of randomized controlled trials conducted by Nurse Family Partnership.)