December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized by United Front

Annie E. Casey Report Recommends Expanded Home Visiting

A new Kids Count Policy Report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation contains recommendations for improving children’s success in life. Titled “THE FIRST EIGHT YEARS: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success”, the report gives evidence for the importance of investing in children in the early years and offers recommendations on what it takes to help children succeed.

Recommendation number one in the report is to support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children. To this end, the report states that:

  • States should establish or continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting and parent training programs for children at risk of falling behind, and
  • Because maternal depression has been shown to negatively affect child development, states should incorporate mental health services for parents into programs that provide those health services and early education supports to young children.