Best Practice

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation

State/Jurisdiction: National
Setting: Community
Population: Women/Maternal Health,
Topic Area: Health Screening & Promotion,
NPMs: NPM 1: Well-Woman Visit NPM 4: Breastfeeding NPM 11: Medical Home NPM 14.1: Smoking – Pregnancy NPM 14.2: Smoking – Household

The Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation program was formed in 1999 by a partnership among Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. Leaders in these groups and in the local business community responded to research that clearly shows the birth to age three window as a time of incredible growth and development for a child – physically, emotionally and cognitively. Nurturing parent-child interactions are necessary for children to develop optimally and, without such, developmental shortfalls can be difficult or even impossible to overcome later in life. Poor access to healthcare and lack of appropriate care and nurturing at home put children at risk for slowed brain development, accidents, and a disadvantaged start in school, leading to long-term academic struggles. ECS was created to give high-risk mothers a way to ensure an optimal start in life for their children.

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Margaret Clark

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