The most comprehensive look to date at the benefits of early childhood education found that 102 of 115 programs improved at least one outcome for children beyond a statistical doubt. And the economic and social benefits continue to pay dividends, sometimes well into adulthood.
Infants whose families took part in a new parent home visit program were less likely to visit the emergency room and made fewer primary care visits during their first year of life. The program benefited at-risk families and those who had no risk factors.
Home visiting programs can deliver much-needed health care to vulnerable children and their families. However, program implementation efforts in New Mexico have been thwarted by funding delays, insufficient resources, and poor execution of crucial capacity-building tools.