Enacted Legislation | 2008-2014
State legislators play an important role in establishing effective home visiting policy. Home visiting is when visitors, such as trained nurses, social workers or child development specialists, go to the homes to help expecting and new parents. Participation is voluntary and the visits teach parents about health, child development and learning activities that foster their child’s development. Since 2008, more than 20 states have enacted legislation to address home visiting effectiveness, accountability, and continuous quality improvement, including comprehensive, statewide home visiting definitions, standards, outcomes and funding and reporting requirements. State legislation also addresses the importance of home visiting as a critical component in states’ comprehensive early childhood systems.
Legislation in states also address how home visiting plays a critical part in states’ birth-to-five system for at-risk, pregnant mothers, newborns, infants and toddlers. Some legislations also deals with the role of home visiting as a proven strategy to prevent child neglect and abuse, provide parenting support, promote parent education in child health and development, and increase school readiness. Finally, enacted home visiting legislation also addresses the long-term sustainability of home visiting through innovative financing mechanisms and strategic allocation of limited public resources.
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