Research Report Best Start LA Pilot Community Evaluation: Effects of Welcome Baby! Home Visiting: Findings From the 12-Month Child & Family Survey
Sarah Benatar, Heather Sandstrom, Embry M. Howell, Timothy Triplett, Ian Hill, Margaret Wilkinson, Jennifer Marcella, Maria Lourdes Brown, Christina Christie, Todd Franke
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Findings from the first wave of a longitudinal in-home survey of families who have received Welcome Baby home visiting—a locally designed family strengthening program funded by First 5 LA—indicate that participation in Welcome Baby home visiting is associated with increased likelihood of attempted breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding during the first four months postpartum; stronger support networks; higher quality home environments and more frequent engagement in home learning activities; and reduced risk of developmental delay. This work is part of a six year, mixed methods evaluation of Welcome Baby and a broad place-based investment known as Best-Start LA.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth Immigrants and immigration
Tags Immigrant access to the safety net Children's health and development
Policy Centers Health Policy Center