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HHS grants nearly $72M for home visiting programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded 10 states nearly $72 million in grants to provide early childhood supports and home visits to families who volunteer to receive these services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday.

These awards are part of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program created by the Affordable Care Act. The funding will be used by states to expand or establish home visiting program.

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“Home visits from an experienced counselor can help provide skills and links to important services and early childhood education,” said Secretary Sebelius, in a written statement.

The awards include states that have demonstrated a commitment to operating successful early childhood systems for pregnant women, parents, caregivers and children from birth-to-eight years of age, according to HHS. The awards also include states that are developing new home visiting programs, using proven strategies, to support families and improve health and developmental outcomes.

“These investments will give states a significant boost in their efforts to keep children safe and healthy,” said Mary K. Wakefield, RN, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in a written statement.

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) collaborates with HRSA on the implementation of the home visiting program. The two agencies provide states guidance and assistance in early learning and development, the prevention and identification of child maltreatment, the improvement of maternal and child health outcomes and family engagement.

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Awardees include:

Organization City State


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Denver



State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Hartford



Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines



Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health Frankfort



Minnesota Department of Health St. Paul



New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Trenton



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Harrisburg



Tennessee Department of Health Nashville



Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Richmond



Washington State Department of Early Learning Olympia







Follow HFN Editor Rene Letourneau on Twitter @ReneLetourneau.

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