The US department of Health and Human Services awarded the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation program over 9 million dollars in Wisconsin. This award shows a more than 8.5 million dollar increase from the award from the previous fiscal year, which means there will be massive expansion of home visitation across Wisconsin in the coming year. These home visitation services will be made available to pregnant mothers and to families with young children up until their entry into kindergarten in order to give them the resources necessary to thrive.
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Washington University in St. Louis received a 3.3 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health, and has elected to partner with Parents as Teachers in an ongoing effort to slim down the national epidemic of obesity. The grant money will fund research at 24 home-visitation sites nationwide, and will help improve the health and school-readiness of families and children. This partnership seeks to work primarily with young mothers, ages 19 to 35, and promises to research new ways to end weight gain and chronic disease post pregnancy, especially in low-income high-risk communities.
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The national organization, Parents as Teachers (PAT), recently received a multi-million dollar grant that will help support the education of at-risk children and families across the country. The grant is awarded by Ballmer Group, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving economic mobility and education of communities and children that struggle socioeconomically. With this grant, PAT promises to hire additional staff and continue to support its more than 1,300 partner organizations that help provide home visitation to more than 193,000 families annually.
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Learn more about Ballmer Group and their philanthropic work. www.ballmergroup.org