Wash. wins US grant to visit preschool families

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Posted: Apr 04, 2012 11:20 AM
Wash. wins US grant to visit preschool families

Washington has won a three-year, $25 million federal grant to expand home visits to families with preschool children.

The purpose of the visits by nurses and other trained professionals is to give needy families information they will help them give their children a good start in life.

The visits may begin when a woman is pregnant. State officials say families who get this help have healthier babies who are less likely to suffer from abuse or neglect.

Washington is one of 10 states to win one of the competitive federal grants. State officials expect to help another 545 families in the first year of the grant.

The home visit program is administered through a partnership between the Department of Early Learning, and the private nonprofit Thrive by Five Washington.