A recent article in the Washington Post titled Home visiting programs are preschool in its earliest forms makes a strong case for home visiting.
It and other recent articles refer to a number of studies that confirm an important fact: Home visiting in the first three years of life reduces child abuse, increases kindergarten readiness and can help break the cycle of poverty.
Early brain development
This article also includes some important information about early brain development:
“The brain develops more in the first few years than at any other time in life, and studies have identified an achievement gap as early as nine months into a child’s life, separating those from rich households and those from poor households, which tend to be more stressful and less stimulating environments.… Read more