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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 36

(Dy Delegates Boggs, Azinger, Beach, Brown, Butcher, Campbell, Canterbury, Crosier, Ellem, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fragale, Frazier, Hamilton, Hartman, Iaquinta, Klempa, Louisos, Manypenny, Marshall, Michael, Moore, Morgan, Perry, Ross, Shaver, Spencer, Stowers, Swartzmiller, Talbott and Walker)


[Introduced March 19, 2009]


"Urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Education Begins at Home Act."

Whereas, West Virginia faced serious challenges regarding the well-being of our children including one of the nation's highest rates of child abuse and neglect; and,
Whereas, In-Home Family Education programs help address these challenges by providing voluntary parenting education and support to vulnerable families with very young children through home visits, and helping parents understand their role as their child's first and most important teacher; and,
Whereas, In-Home Family Education programs provide information and support in such areas as prenatal care, child health, early learning and literacy, and child development and behavior; and,
Whereas, Research indicates that a comprehensive statewide system of In-Home Family Education in West Virginia could save $250 million per year by reducing the number of low birth weight babies, increasing immunizations rates, and reductions in child maltreatment; and,
Whereas, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has stated that "up to 40% of all child maltreatment could be prevented if home visiting was widely available" and the National Conference of State Legislatures has concluded that nationally "the predominant and most thoroughly researched child abuse prevention strategy is early childhood home visitation"; and,
Whereas, On June 18, 2008 the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recommended passage of the bi- partisan Education Begins at Home Act that would authorize $400 million over three years in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to states for voluntary early childhood home visiting programs; and,
Whereas, The Education Begins at Home Act has bi-partisan support being sponsored by Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and 32 members of the U.S. Senate, as well as 67 members of the U.S. House of Representatives; and,
Whereas, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also co-sponsored the Education Begins at Home Act as U.S. Senators and have pledged to expand home visiting services to assist approximately 570,000 first-time mothers each year; and,
Whereas, In-Home Family Education programs are currently serving families in only 22 West Virginia counties and many more families could benefit greatly from these services; and,
Whereas, Statewide expansion of these effective programs will be enhanced and expedited with the support of federal funding through passage of the Education Begins at Home Act; and,
Whereas, Expansion of these programs has been endorsed by leading state and national organizations including, but not limited to, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Imagine West Virginia, Prevent Child Abuse America, TEAM for West Virginia Children, Voices for America's Children, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby urges the U.S. Congress to enact the Education Begins at Home Act, and provide funding to states for voluntary In-Home Family Education programs; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to members of the West Virginia congressional delegation, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and the President of the United States.
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