Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers said Tuesday.
Sending “home visitors” such as nurses, teachers and social workers to work with disadvantaged pregnant women and high-risk young families can avert huge state costs, several speakers said at a “Home Visiting and Child Protection Day” rally at the Capitol.
The programs improve future graduation rates and avoid social ills such as incarceration, they said.
But the state is spending only about $70 million, including federal funds, on Home Visiting and Nurse-Family Partnership programs in the current two-year cycle, said Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.
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