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February 19, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Local tribal agency works to build parenting skills

Washington is one of the states using money from the Affordable Care Act in creative ways to help boost the parenting skills in low-income communities by expanding home visiting programs, according to a new report by two national organizations that support the practice.

Such programs send nurses and other trained professionals to visit pregnant mothers, newborns and young children considered to be vulnerable because of social and economic conditions.

The report, from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Law and Social Policy, highlights a program in Washington State to reach tribal communities.

The tribes are leading the effort in Western Washington, with the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency organizing home-visiting programs in six tribal communities in Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis and Pierce Counties.

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