First 5 LA is currently working to educate elected officials and other policymakers about the many benefits derived from Voluntary Home Visiting programs currently taking place in California. Home visiting programs offer family support and coaching and include a broad range of services, such as consultations for pregnant women, newborn visits, and health and education services for children up to 5 years old and their families.
Studies and research demonstrate that providing support and information during the first five years of a child's development results in improved family and child outcomes, including healthier children, increased school readiness, improved maternal health, and fewer children in social welfare and juvenile corrections systems. Home visiting programs often reduce newborn readmissions and emergency room services. Studies show that home visiting programs lead to significant cost savings at the county, state and federal levels.
In Los Angeles, First 5 LA has committed $13.7 million in fiscal year 2013-14 for its Welcome Baby home visiting program, as well as $5 million for other evidence-based family support services in its Best Start communities. First 5 LA expects to serve more than 38,000 babies each year by 2016. Statewide, 22 First 5 County Commissions invested almost $56 million in home visiting programs to about 27,000 families in 2014.