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Congress extends home visiting program

Congress has passed the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, and President Barack Obama has pledged his signature, ensuring home visits will continue in nearly 800 at-risk communities around the country.

Approval shows that investment in young children continues to be a bipartisan issue in both the House and the Senate, and babies and their families are the big winners!

The Family & Children’s Place HANDS program – Health Access Nurturing Development Services – doesn’t depend on the federal funding approved this week (we are funded by state Medicaid and tobacco settlement dollars), but the decision does ensure funds that support services in Louisville won’t be reduced by being redirected to support services elsewhere in the state.

With this, babies and families here in Louisville and across the Commonwealth benefit!

So a big thank you to everyone who called, emailed and tweeted members of Congress to support home visitation services, and to Congress for recognizing the importance of early-life services to build healthy and happy families.

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