Early Childhood Home Visiting

Duffee, J. H.; Mendelsohn, A. L.; Kuo, A. A.; Legano, L. A.; Earls, M. F.

Pediatrics. 2017 Aug 30; 140(3)

Abstract

High-quality home-visiting services for infants and young children can improve family relationships, advance school readiness, reduce child maltreatment, improve maternal-infant health outcomes, and increase family economic self-sufficiency. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports unwavering federal funding of state home-visiting initiatives, the expansion of evidence-based programs, and a robust, coordinated national evaluation designed to confirm best practices and cost-efficiency. Community home visiting is most effective as a component of a comprehensive early childhood system that actively includes and enhances a family-centered medical home.

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