Home Visiting

Responsible parenting is not just good for children, it’s good for society. Pew has launched a campaign to promote smart state investments in quality, home-based programs for new and expectant families.

Science shows laying the foundation for a child’s proper emotional, social and cognitive development is critical—especially among families with limited education and low income.

Voluntary home visiting programs pair new and expectant parents with trained professionals to provide parenting information, resources and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years. Quality programs are proven to strengthen parent-child relationships, increase development of early language and literacy skills, and reduce child abuse and neglect—positive outcomes that will help ease the strain on state resources and produce fiscal returns in the long-run.   

Pew supports home visiting programs because they are a high-yield investment in stronger families.  In conjunction with our rigorous research agenda—including a 50-state inventory of states’ home visiting programs and funding—the Pew Center on the States is supporting advocacy campaigns in states where key leaders are determined to increase access to and improve the quality of voluntary home visiting programs.

The dividends: fewer children involved in child protection, special education, drug and alcohol, and juvenile justice systems—and big pay-offs for families and state budgets.

 

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