WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced that the Minnesota Department of Health has received $8,826,241 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a grant program that supports evidence-based home visits for vulnerable populations to improve the health and development of young children. This funding will be used in Minnesota to help at-risk families with children under 5 years old access resources to raise healthy children through evidence-based home visiting programs with trained professionals such as nurses, social workers, or educators. 

“High-quality maternal and early care and education can improve outcomes, ease the burden on public resources, and help children develop physically, socially, and emotionally,” Klobuchar said. “As we grapple with the impacts of the pandemic and the unique challenges it is creating for families, we must continue to support all mothers and children. This crucial funding will increase our commitment to proven strategies that will expand access to high-quality early childhood health care and development.”

“Investing in children and caregivers is one of the most important things we can do because it has the power to change lives,” said Sen. Smith. “We can't let the pandemic put a pause on this critical work. I’m glad to see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invest in the health and development of young children in Minnesota. This grant will help empower and create opportunity for young families.”