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Murray Applauds Federal Investment to Support Families Through Home Visiting Programs

Washington state will receive $11,459,200 to assist pregnant women and families

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded an announcement from Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell that Washington state will receive a $11,459,200 grant to support home visiting programs, which offer pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 resources and support to help them ensure their children are healthy, thriving, and arrive at kindergarten to learn.

“Today’s announcement is great news for women and families in communities across Washington state,” said Senator Murray. “We must ensure that families have the resources they need to raise healthy children who are ready to learn, and home visits by a nurse, social worker, or early childhood educator can be a critical tool to make that happen.”

The funding supports the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program) which allows states to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to best meet the needs of at-risk communities, and help prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage positive parenting, and promote child development and school readiness.

Washington is one of only ten states in 2014 that received a three-year competitive grant, in addition to formula funding received by all 50 states, to expand successful, local home visiting programs.

For more information on the Home Visiting Program. visit .