About CHIP

CHIP changes lives, two generations at a time.



What is Home Visiting?

CHIP Works!Home Visiting is a stragegy in which trained nurses and parent educators bring support and information to families in their homes during the first five years. CHIP staff work with families for an average of two years, and our services are:

Voluntary – Families decide for themselves whether or not to participate
Flexible – Activities, frequency and duration depend on the family’s needs
Effective – Proven results for children and their parents
Smart – Generating a return of up to $5.70 for every dollar invested

Why are the first five years so important?

More than 85% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they begin kindergarten and we don’t get a “do-over.” Home Visiting is a proven strategy to help parents be their child’s first and best teachers so that they can arrive at school healthy, prepared to learn and be successful in life.

Traditionally, children from low income families lack access to medical care and may receive fragmented, limited, and sporadic services from clinics or hospital emergency rooms. Studies show that children develop the mental, physical, and psychological competencies in their early years that will determine their future potential. Therefore, it is essential that young children receive consistent preventive and primary care in these formative years.

The CHIP of Virginia network is responsible for increasing access to health care for thousands of Virginia’s low income children and their families. CHIP targets children from birth to age six, when comprehensive prevention-oriented services make the greatest impact in the life of a young child.

Central to CHIP’s mission is the creation of a relationship between a child and a primary care provider – a medical home that provides cost-effective prevention services in a consistent setting. Studies have shown that having a regular source of care reduces child health expenditures by over 20%.

CHIP also links each family with a CHIP team consisting of a registered nurse and parent educator. A cornerstone of the CHIP program is the partnership between the parent educator and the nurse who work as a team with the family and service providers. The CHIP team coaches families with complex social, behavioral, or medical challenges to more efficient and cost-effective use of health care and community services.

The CHIP team takes a capacity-building approach to working with families, helping them set and reach goals to achieve financial independence and to build parental confidence. CHIP’s model of working with rather than for families gives parents the power to make changes in their lives and helps them reach their full potential.

CHIP’s comprehensive approach improves the health of children, families and communities, promotes parental involvement, and strengthens each family’s ability to move toward self-sufficiency and to provide a stable environment where children grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn and ready to succeed.