➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: Funding for home visiting set to expire, leaving early-intervention services in limbo for many
Washington Post – September 22, 2017
Home-visiting programs pair low-income struggling parents with trained nurses, social workers or educators, who provide support throughout the stressful first years of their children’s lives. Through regular visits, the support workers provide resources to help families with basic needs and teach habits and skills to parents to promote the healthy development of their children. These early-intervention programs have grown in the past few decades alongside research showing the first years to be a critical time for brain development. President Barack Obama included home visiting in his first budget, and the program got a jolt of federal funding through the Affordable Care Act in 2010 with $1.5 billion in state grants. The legislation, which has been extended twice, is set to expire at the end of the month.
Also: Congress must reauthorize a proven program for struggling families (Opinion): https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/09/26/congress-must-reauthorize-proven-program-struggling-families
Information Gateway resource: Home Visiting: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/prevention-programs/homevisit/