Project Update, Press Release

Voluntary Home Visiting Gives Parents and Children a Boost, Even Before Birth


Some of our nation's costliest social problems—like child abuse and neglect, school failure, poverty and crime—are rooted in early childhood. Increasingly, states are turning to proven strategies like high-quality home visitation to prevent them.

Nearly all states have some investment in home visiting programs, which match new parents with trained professionals to provide information and mentoring during pregnancy and through their child's first three years: a critical developmental period. 

In FY10, states made available more than $1.4 billion to home visitation. Over the next five years, states investing in the highest quality home visiting programs will be eligible for $1.5 billion in federal grants.

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