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Home, but not alone: evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation.


Home visitation services for young and expectant families have the potential to improve child and parent outcomes in a broad variety of ways, but the effectiveness of home visits may depend on the nature, frequency, and duration of these services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) created a new federal funding stream to promote the development and implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs. This issue brief provides an overview of the newly established Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, describes existing approaches to home visitation, and discusses the implications of federal funding for state and local practices.

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