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Early childhood home visiting programs provide voluntary, in-home services to expectant mothers and families with infants and young children. Nurses, social workers, early childhood education specialists, or other trained paraprofessionals, meet with families in their homes to advise them on the health and development their children and connect them to community services and supports. Evidence-based home visitation services produce such measurable outcomes for children and families, as improved health, school readiness, academic achievement, parental involvement and economic self-sufficiency, and reduced child maltreatment, injuries, and juvenile delinquency.
The Affordable Care Act established a federal funding stream for voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs in 2010; however, due to a lack of funding, only a limited number of children and families are able to benefit from the program. CDF supports expanding investments in quality home visiting to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.