Each year, an estimated 380,000 children are born to first-time mothers living below the federal poverty level. Often they are young, single and socially isolated, and many of these new mothers don’t have high school educations. Nurse-Family Partnership doesn’t just offer them a lifeline, it advocates on behalf of them and their babies as well as the nurses, local agencies and communities that rally to their cause. Nurse-Family Partnership catalyzes support at the federal, state and local levels for funding and policies that sustain and enhance this important work. Click here to view the National Public Policy Agenda. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and Medicaid funding including the Medicaid Waiver in South Carolina’s Pay for Success project are examples of innovative funding streams that support delivery of the free, voluntary Nurse-Family Partnership services in states and nationwide.
Nurse-Family Partnership has earned strong bipartisan support by focusing on 40 years of research showing that the program leads to healthier mothers and children, thriving families with a pathway out of poverty, stronger communities and smarter government spending. Every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership yields $6.40 in return to society, and $2.90 in savings to state and federal governments. Across the nation, governments at all levels increasingly recognize the value of investing limited taxpayer dollars in evidence-based programs that reliably improve outcomes for families. Nurse-Family Partnership is an example of evidence-based practice and policy in action.