RALEIGH, N.C. – The Nurse-Family Partnership, a nationally recognized nurse home-visitation program that focuses on first-time, low-income parents and their children, is expanding into seven more North Carolina counties.
The program, launched in North Carolina last year, will now serve Cleveland, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Polk, Robeson, Rutherford and Wake counties in addition to Guilford County.
In its 30-year history, the national program says, it has demonstrated consistent positive results related to child health, crime reduction, school readiness, and reduction of child abuse and neglect.
Under the program, first-time mothers meet with a registered nurse early in pregnancy and at intervals until the baby is born. Nurse home visits continue through the
child’s second birthday.
Long-term support for the program has been provided by the Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’
Division of Public Health, North Carolina Partnership for Children, and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.