This fact sheet explains that healthy brain development depends on attentive, nurturing caregiving in infancy and early childhood and emphasizes the need to provide early and intensive support to families with multiple risk factors to help parents develop critical nurturing skills during the prenatal, infancy, and toddler periods. The benefits of family home visiting in Rhode Island are discussed, and information is provided on the enrollment of 869 Rhode Island families into federally funded Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs. Charts show the number of infants born with key risk factors in Rhode Island in 2014, by city or town, outcomes of MIECHV program models, in Rhode Island, and characteristics of the mothers enrolled in the programs. 9 references.
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