With a new investment in research-based and promising practice home visiting programs, Washington state is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the field. The Home Visiting Services Account, overseen by the Department of Early Learning and administered by Thrive, is awarding $711,800 to five home visiting programs.
The funding enables the programs to serve 141 families over the next year.
“This award allows us to continue to serve those most impacted by the effects of poverty and therefore situated the furthest from opportunity,” said Michelle Sarju, program manager for Open Arms, one of the grantees. “As a result of this funding opportunity, Open Arms will be able to continue providing education and services that lay the foundation for school readiness and success in life.”
Research-based and promising practice models are supported by some research demonstrating effectiveness, or they have the potential to do so. The HVSA also funds evidence-based models, which are supported by rigorous outcome evaluations clearly demonstrating effectiveness.
The programs receiving funding are:
- Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department (Grays Harbor County)
- Neighborhood House (King County)
- Open Arms Perinatal Services (King County)
- Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation (King and Pierce counties)
- Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association (Yakima County)
“The Home Visiting Services Account funds programs that are designed to work for families, and address a specific community need,” said Nina Auerbach, president and CEO of Thrive. “This funding opens the door to sustain or expand home visiting services that show promise for families that need it the most.”