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Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

Funding from the American Rescue Plan supports the home visit program for mothers, infants, and toddlers

Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the New York Department of Health will receive $ 1,398,324 in federal funding, included in the U.S. rescue plan, to support home visit services for at-risk children and families suffering from the pandemic.

“The health and economic implications of the pandemic make it an especially challenging time to be a new parent,” said Higgins, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee that oversees the home visit program for mothers, infants and early childhood children. “This will give children a good start and support healthy families.”

About $ 40 million was distributed across the country “To support the provision of coordinated, comprehensive, high-quality, voluntary, evidence-based home visitation services to children and families living in communities where there is a risk of poor health outcomes for both mother and child.”

The federal funds are distributed as part of the home visit program for mothers, infants, and early childhood children, which aims to improve mother and child health, prevent abuse and neglect, develop parenting skills, and promote child development.