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Home visiting results in better outcomes for families

Better outcomes for home visiting families – that’s the conclusion drawn by The Pew Charitable Trusts in their January 2014 fact sheet summarizing the growing body of evidence nationally for home visiting programs. The fact sheet presents data from research studies of Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families programs, both of which are offered in Baltimore City to a total of 1600 families each year.

Among some key findings of research studies conducted throughout the United States:

  • Mothers who participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Pennsylvania were 26% more likely to quit smoking while pregnant.
  • A home visiting program in North Carolina, Durham Connects, has been shown to pay for itself by the time a baby is 3 months old, through reductions in use of government medical assistance.
  • In first grade, children who participated in Healthy Families New York were nearly twice as likely as other at-risk children to be able to follow directions, complete work on time, or work cooperatively with others – the foundational skills needed for a lifetime of learning.
  • Mothers who participated in Healthy Families Arizona were found to be five times more likely than other similar mothers to be enrolled in an education or a job training program.

Read more about research findings on home visiting.   

If you are pregnant or a mom and want to find out more about home visiting in Baltimore, click here.

If you’re a provider and want to know more about home visiting in Baltimore, click here. 

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