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Home Visitation

Home visitation programs refer to a number of different model programs that provide in-home visits to targeted, vulnerable, or new families. The programs can be either stand-alone or be a part of a center-based program. The families who are eligible for services may also vary, with some home visiting programs serving families starting as early as the prenatal stage. States use several different models, depending on local needs and preferences. Home visitation programs include Parents as Teachers (PAT), Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Early Head Start, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), and the Parent-Child Home Program.

Senators Christopher Bond (R-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Education Begins at Home Act (EBAH), S 244, early in the 111th Congress. In prior Congresses, EBAH has had strong bipartisan, bicameral support. Under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would collaborate with the Department of Education to make grants to all 50 states over a three-year period. Four hundred million dollars would be authorized for state grants to implement home visiting programs. An additional $50 million would be authorized over a three-year period for local partnerships that create or implement home visiting programs targeted to English-language-learning families. Finally, an additional $50 million would be targeted to reach military families through a program of the Defense Department. The legislation also seeks to strengthen the home visitation components of the Early Head Start program.


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