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Resource Details

Initiative Name: 

Washington State Home Visiting Services Account

State: 

WA

Category: 

Financing, Home Visiting, Financing

Source Of Information: 

ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates

Status: 

Active

Year Started: 

2010

Administered By: 

Thrive By Five Washington

Description: 

Washington State has a strong history of supporting home visiting and taking creative policy action to guide that support. The centerpiece is the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA), which was created in 2010 by the state legislature through a budget proviso. The HVSA leverages public and private dollars to support evidence-based and research-based voluntary home visiting models, as well as promising practices. Its structure ensures diversified funding and promotes long-term sustainability by braiding and blending funding sources.

In SFY 2013, the HSVA combines $7.9 million federal (Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting) funds, $1 million state funds, and $2.5 million private funds to support home visiting services. In just two years, the HVSA has expanded from four grantees serving about 120 children to 44 grantees with the capacity to serve about 1,700 children statewide. These programs represent a range of home visiting approaches that meet the needs of diverse communities. HVSA grants have helped programs sustain, expand, or start high-quality and effective home visiting programs in communities where the need is high. While most of the account’s funds support direct services to families, the HVSA also supports technical assistance and evaluation to help ensure the highest quality of services.

The account is overseen by the state’s Department of Early Learning and administered by Thrive by Five Washington, a public-private partnership. This cooperation – and proven success in delivering robust funding to communities in an efficient manner – has helped build broad-based support for maintaining and growing the HVSA. Thrive by Five, which raises private funds to match public investment in the account and manages all HVSA awards, has the flexibility to support capacity-building and react nimbly to identified program needs.

For more information about Washington’s Home Visiting Services Account, see http://thrivebyfivewa.org/home-visiting/

Updated December 2013

 
 

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