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AB-1070 CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative. (2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Voluntary home visiting programs are a proven strategy for promoting child health, strengthening parenting, and building family self-sufficiency.
(b) Planned visits by trained professionals provide pregnant mothers and new parents with a range of supports to meet the family’s needs, including promoting preventive health and prenatal practices, coaching parents on how best to care for their babies and support their early learning, and connecting families to available services.
(c) Research shows high-quality home visiting programs produce significant benefits for both the child and parents, including better maternal and child health outcomes, reduced child abuse and neglect, and improved quality of parent-child interactions.
(d) Voluntary home visiting programs do not only improve the health and well-being of young children and their families, but they also improve family economic security and reduce the length of time families spend in poverty.
(e) Increasing parental education attainment, employment, and incomes is estimated to yield up to five dollars and seventy cents ($5.70) for each dollar invested in the program.
SEC. 2.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would expand eligibility for the CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative to all parents served through the CalWORKs program and applicants deemed apparently eligible for CalWORKs.