In 2010, the Washington state legislature created the Home Visiting Services Account. By matching and leveraging public and private funds to support home visiting programs, the account has helped Washington state invest 10 times more than it did in home
visiting just two years ago. It is also one more reason why Washington state is seen as a national leader in early learning.
In fact, I believe this funding model holds such promise that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently made a multi-year contribution to the Home Visiting Services Account to help make sure more parents like Rosita and Gloria get the early support they
want and need.
This week, the Home Visiting Services Account will announce its fourth round of funding in 18 months — $1.4 million in new grants will support evidence-based home visiting programs statewide and 300 at-risk babies will get a chance at a great start.