Earlean Hicks, far left, a parent educator with the Children’s Society of Washington, visits with Anna Powell, center, and her children at home in Kent. The program works with families with young children to support healthy development and school readiness. Powell’s baby, King Graham, 5 months, and Heaven Powell, 4, are in front. Melvin Powell, 5, is behind.
A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current fiscal year in September.
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