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Home Visiting

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

IN MEMORIAM JACK TWEEDIE

The National Conference of State Legislatures joins with the family of Jack Tweedie in mourning his passing on Jan. 29 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

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2013 HOME VISITING ENACTED LEGISLATION

Kentucky Capitol 2013 Selected Home Visiting Enacted Legislation (as of June, 2013). For all home visiting enacted legislation (going back to 2008), visit the Early Care and Education Legislation Database.

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NCSL HOME VISITING ALERTS

Young Children Learning to ReadNCSL has summarized several key components of the federal home visiting initiative in a Home Visiting Alert. In addition to providing background on home visiting and the research on effectiveness of home visiting programs, the Alert summarizes the federal home visiting initiative, funding levels for states, important timeline for states and steps that states must take to qualify for federal home visiting funds.

 

 

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STATE HOME VISITING PROGRAMS VIDEO

Young FamilyThis video offers information about state home visiting programs in your state and other states in the country. Hear from Jack Tweedie, group director of the Children and Families Program at NCSL, as he highlights the following key questions related to home visiting.

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OVERVIEW | HOME VISITING

Lawmakers have been investing state funds in home visiting for over a decade. Home visiting is a voluntary two-generation prevention strategy used to support pregnant mothers and new parents to promote infant and child health, foster healthy child development and improve school readiness. Evidence-based home visiting evaluation findings show positive well-being outcomes for children and families while creating long-term savings for states.

Recently home visiting has gained national attention with the passage of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant program, a provision within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This federal initiative provides states with substantial resources for home visiting: $1.5 billion over five years (2010-2014) with an option for reauthorization. It also emphasizes evidence-based home visiting models, of which thirteen models meet federal criteria, with 75 percent of the federal funding directed to such programs. 

Legislators play an important role in establishing effective home visiting policies in their states.  They can determine how different sources of funding can be leveraged to sustain and improve the quality of states’ existing home visiting systems. They may develop legislation to ensure the state is investing in research-based home visiting models that demonstrate effectiveness and that accountability measures are in place. 

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