Yielding substantial public gains while helping at-risk families.

Evidence-based policy leads to investment in programs, like Nurse-Family Partnership, with a profound long-term impact on outcomes and budgets. 

Public investment and private donors work together to support the growth of Nurse-Family Partnership. However, with approximately 600,000 children born every year to low-income, first-time mothers in the U.S., additional public funding is essential to bringing Nurse-Family Partnership to more eligible first-time families.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a public health program that is supported by a wide range of federal, state and local public funding sources, including Medicaid, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Care Development Block Grant, Healthy Start, Early Head Start, Title IVB and other child welfare and foster care prevention funds, juvenile justice, child abuse prevention funds through the Administration for Children & Families, tobacco settlement funds, and state and local general revenue funds.

In early 2009, President Obama proposed a new, mandatory federal funding stream to create an innovative, evidence-based national home visitation initiative for low-income and at-risk children and families. Nurse home visitation and the Nurse-Family Partnership are an important part of President Obama’s bold vision to reduce health, educational and economic disparities through proven home visitation. (See Legislation page for information about the status of this initiative.)

Nurse-Family Partnership enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support in the U.S. Congress. With leadership from our Congressional champions, Nurse-Family Partnership pursues legislative opportunities for federal funding to supplement state, local and private investment in this proven model.

Recent NFP Federal Funding Alerts:

"When my administration made state funds available to communities to implement proven violence prevention programs, Nurse-Family Partnership spread statewide. This program helps to improve the lives of at-risk mothers and children and strengthen communities. State leadership and community choice together made a difference."

– Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor, March 2009

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