Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and one of the primary authors of the Affordable Care Act, announced that New Jersey was selected as one of ten states that will receive funding to provide early childhood supports and home visits to at-risk families. The award is part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, established by the Affordable Care Act.
The funding will provide New Jersey with $9.43 million to expand its home visiting program, which will improve child health and development outcomes through visits by nurses, social workers or other professionals. New Jersey will also receive guidance and assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in early learning and development, prevention and identification of child maltreatment, improving maternal and child health, and family engagement.
"Home visit programs are proven to support families and lead to better health and developmental outcomes for our most vulnerable children and I'm pleased that New Jersey was selected to receive a grant that will help us expand these important services in our communities," said Pallone.
The grant was part of $72 million in funding that will allow states to expand or establish their home visiting program. The Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children and Families will collaborate with Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) on the implementation of the home visiting programs.