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 Pew Study Details State Investments in Home Visiting

By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP

The Pew Center on the States recently surveyed state agency leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, creating a new inventory of state home visiting programs, models, funding and polices for fiscal year 2009-2010.  

The following are key findings: 

  • State home visiting programs: 46 states and the District of Columbia have some level of investment in home visiting

  • Funding strategies: States made available  $1.36 billion  to home visiting programs via two primary funding strategies: categorical funds for home visiting only; and broad-based prevention funds that could be used for home visiting (although most states could not verify whether or how much funding was directed for this purpose)

  • Sources of state support: State general funds were the largest source of support for home visiting programs

  • Investment in national home visiting models: 34 states invested $277 million in national home visiting models 

The Pew Home Visiting Inventory provides state leaders, agency administrators and program directors “a much-needed account of state and national home visiting investments and program strategies,” with a state-by-state and national snapshot of home visiting programs, models and funding. 

According to Pew, the new resource “will help state and federal policy makers evaluate current home visiting approaches, compare systems across states, prepare for the upcoming infusion of federal home visiting grant dollars and make informed decisions to ensure the best results for families and strongest returns to taxpayers.” 

Download a complete list of all state-administered programs, and find more information here.