HHS Awards Initial Funding for Home Visiting Program

Jul 23, 2010

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

On July 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced awards totaling $88 million in initial funding to 49 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories for the new Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Of these initial awards, $500,000 is available immediately to each state and territory to support their work conducting the required needs assessment. HHS will be publishing a second Funding Opportunity Announcement with additional details for conducting the needs assessment.

States' applications for these initial awards included governors designating a lead agency and support from directors of other key child-serving agencies. States are also in the process of designating and convening their Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs), which are also required to include several state partners. States can ensure that representatives from the state agencies administering the new home visiting program and providers of home visitation services are included in their ECACs, to promote a more comprehensive system of services and supports for young children and their families in their state.

Learn more about HHS' funding announcement process for this program, read a detailed summary of the home visitation provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or access other resources. As states begin thinking about their needs assessment, CLASP has a tool that provides links to state-specific data on who the young children in your state are and what kinds of services and supports they receive across sectors like health, child welfare, and early childhood education.

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