HHS Awards More Than $1M to Support Home Visiting Programs in Neb.

By: 10/11 News, Courtesy: HHS Email
By: 10/11 News, Courtesy: HHS Email

LINCOLN, Neb. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says a $1,000,000 Fiscal Year 2014 grant has been awarded to Nebraska as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program) established by the Affordable Care Act.

HHS says these funds will allow Nebraska Home Visiting Programs to continue and expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to age five.

“The Home Visiting Program helps to ensure that young families have the option to participate in a program that promotes their children’s healthy growth and development,” Secretary Burwell said. “Today’s announcement provides continued funding to support Nebraska Home Visiting Programs as they work to improve the lives of children and families.”

HHS says the Home Visiting Program builds upon decades of scientific research, which shows that families that choose home visits by a nurse, social worker, or early childhood educator during pregnancy and in the first years of life benefit from important support services for healthy children and families. Home visit programs have been shown to prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote child health and development.

“These awards allow Nebraska Home Visiting Programs to reach more parents and families in an effort to improve children’s health while at the same time building essential supports within their communities,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA administers the Home Visiting Program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families to provide states with the resources they need to expand home visiting programs and early childhood systems.

HHS says the Home Visiting Program serves as one part of a prenatal to age five continuum with the other parts of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative: both high-quality infant and toddler care through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and universal Pre-K to optimize the essential foundations in early childhood for future healthy development and well-being.

For more information on HRSA’s Home Visiting Program click on the link below.

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