PROJECTWelcome Baby Home Visiting

young couple with a laughing baby

Welcome Baby is a home visiting program in Los Angeles County, California that provides education and support for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. Beginning in 2009, the program was originally piloted in one downtown Los Angeles community for five years as part of a larger place-based initiative called Best Start LA. It was then expanded to 13 additional communities across the county in 2013.

The Urban Institute evaluated the Welcome Baby and Best Start LA over the course of six years. Publications associated with this effort include annual evaluation reports, a cost-effectiveness study, and a study on The Effects of Welcome Baby on Medi-Cal Enrollment and Utilization.


Research Areas Children and youth Health and health care
Tags Children's health and development Maternal, child, and reproductive health
Policy Centers Health Policy Center