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Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership® is a nurse home visiting program that has been proven to help first-time mothers and families living in poverty improve their lives and the lives of their children.

Specially trained nurses regularly visit low-income expectant mothers during their first pregnancy and the first two years of their children’s lives. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) nurses build maternal life skills and help families realize their potential. Developed by Dr. David Olds and fortified by four decades of rigorous research, NFP has been scientifically proven to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and families’ economic self-sufficiency.

See The New Yorker feature the work of Nurse-Family Partnership

In 2005, the Rand Corporation calculated that every dollar invested in the program returned up to $5.70 for the highest-risk families served.

Leading policymakers including the Brookings Institution, the former Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (now at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation), and Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund have called for dramatically expanding the program. Bipartisan support led to the creation in 2010 of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation program and authorization of $1.5 billion in federal funding for programs like NFP. In 2015, Congress extended the program through September 2017.

Invest in Kids

A video produced by the Colorado Health Foundation shares the story of Nurse-Family Partnership in the state.

Since 2002, EMCF has awarded $23.3 million to NFP and aggregated an additional $38 million in growth capital with help from co-investors.

In 2015, Blue Meridian Partners made its first investment in NFP of $26 million over three years to support Pay for Success initiatives in South Carolina, New York and Michigan.

In 2016, it approved a second investment of $32.5 million over three years to support the first phase of NFP’s seven-year plan to serve more than 60,000 families annually within three years and 100,000 families annually within seven years.