Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A much appreciated shout-out and plea for Healthy Families America and home visiting from Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund.

We wanted to draw your attention to a recent plea from Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund regarding the need to fund home visiting programs like Healthy Families America. We have pasted a brief excerpt below.

"Studies have found quality home visitation services produce measurable outcomes for children and families that are real and lasting: better health; greater school readiness, academic achievement, parental involvement, and economic self-sufficiency; and reduced child maltreatment and injuries and juvenile delinquency. Programs such as the Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families America have prevented child abuse and neglect by helping parents better understand their children’s development, thereby preventing inappropriate expectations of the children and inappropriate discipline.

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