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ERIC Number: ED568642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Strong Start for Families: Voluntary Home Visiting in California
Children Now
Home visiting programs are voluntary, family-centered programs that match new and expectant parents with trained professionals who provide ongoing, individualized support during critical points throughout pregnancy and a child's first year(s) of life. By reaching families early in their transition into parenthood, and linking them with needed resources and information, voluntary home visiting programs are a critical piece of a broader, multi-faceted system of family support. In order to effectively reach parents and meet the diverse needs of families, California must take a two-pronged approach to home visiting: (1) universal screening, triage, and referral; and (2) a portfolio of home visiting programs, of varying intensity. Across California, there is a diverse array of home visiting programs, anchored within local public and private organizations, and funded by various federal and local sources. California does not dedicate general fund dollars or coordinate home visiting, and current program capacity falls far short of reaching the hundreds of thousands of families who may benefit. This document provides information on home visiting programs available in California, including total counties, families served, and funding sources. Recommendations for improving California's home visiting programs in 2017 are included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children Now
Identifiers - Location: California