Advocacy

Partners in Community Outreach recommends the establishment of a statewide system of In-Home Family Education to provide high quality home visiting services to families with young children.

  • In 2013, the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force recommended that West Virginia “Phase in evidence-based home visiting programs in every county for families who are expecting or raising young children.” (www.wvecptf.org)
  • Research indicates that a statewide system of In-Home Family Education could save $250 million a year by reducing the number of low birthweight babies, increased immunization rates, and reductions in child maltreatment.
  • The National Governor's Association, National Conference on State Legislatures, and The Centers for Disease Control and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids have all endorsed these programs for their effectiveness in preventing child abuse and neglect.
  • In-Home Family Education programs have broad bi-partisan support at the state and federal level.

For more information, please contact:
Michele Baranaskas
michele@wvpartners.org
304-543-3770