Federal Home-Visit Program Faces Renewal DeadlineEarly Childhood Health
By Christina A. Samuels
Advocates for a federal program that pays for nurses and trained workers to make home visits to families facing a range of economic and social risks are angling for Congress to renew the program before it sunsets at the end of March.
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program began its life in 2009 as a $1.5 billion portion of the Affordable Care Act. States were given funds to pay for home-visiting programs intended to change the health and educational trajectories of some of their most vulnerable families…