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CDF Testimony on the Committee on Ways' and Means Hearing on Federal Funding for Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs

Release Date: June 23, 2009
File Size: 126 KB
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On June 23, 2009, CDF submitted written testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support in support of H.R. 2667, the Early Support for Families Act, which represents a significant step forward in establishing and expanding quality, evidence-based home visiting programs that can reach hundreds of thousands of children. The Early Support for Families Act builds on both the evidence-based home visitation initiative included in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget and on the reserve clauses in both the House- and Senate-passed 2010 Budget Resolutions.

Home visiting is a program and a family engagement strategy that has a long track record of helping children and families and has evolved over the years. Home visitors may be nurses, social workers, child development specialists, or other well-trained and competent staff. They work with vulnerable families to help them better understand their child's developmental needs, answer questions about parenting, strengthen parenting skills and help them link to healthcare, such as immunizations and other supports they need.