SB365 & HB333 accomplish the following things:
· They define Home Visiting.
· They create a framework for “standards-based” Home Visiting, ensuring a level of quality and consistency in Home Visiting programs around the State.
· They ensure a level of accountability for reporting, sharing outcomes, and understanding the State’s return on investment.
· They use data to drive decision-making: by requiring that programs report their data and analyzing it in a uniform way, we will be able to measure whether programs are working as well as predicted.
This is a critical piece of legislation that will have a huge positive effect on young children and parents, today... and even more importantly, for generations to come. Home Visiting has been proven throughout our nation to make a significant difference in the lives of children five years old and under, as well as in the lives of their parents. And for the most "at-risk" children in our state, the disparity between those who grow up to lead a prosperous, productive life as an adult, and those who become victims of poverty and crime, or are sustained by public assistance, can be traced back to these early years.
Home Visiting is a critical component of effective Early Childhood Education programs and I urge you to do what you can to get the legislature to pass these acts.