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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Health, Health (General & Financing), Human Services, Public Health

Mission: Nurse-Family Partnership’s mission is to empower first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting.

Results: The Nurse-Family Partnership® program is based on the pioneering work of Dr. David Olds. In the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, a registered nurse provides a first-time mom living in poverty with home visits throughout pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. The NFP nurse becomes a trusted resource to help the young mother have a healthy pregnancy, improve her child’s health and development, and achieve economic self-sufficiency for her family. There is more than 30 years of proven evidence from randomized, controlled trials – the most rigorous research method for measuring the effectiveness of an intervention. The following outcomes have been observed among participants in at least one of the trials of the program: -Improved health and development: 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect. -Improved pregnancy outcomes: 79% reduction in preterm delivery for women who smoke, and reductions in high-risk pregnancies as a result of greater intervals between first and subsequent births. -Reduction in juvenile crime: 59% reduction in child arrests at age 15. -Increase in children's school readiness: 67% reduction in behavioral/intellectual problems at age six. -Increased economic self-sufficiency: 83% increase in labor force participation by the mother by the child’s fourth birthday. NFP continues to measure the program’s effectiveness of each program by collecting data on the outcomes achieved by the moms enrolled in the program. These outcomes are tracked to ensure local delivery of the Nurse-Family Partnership is making a measurable difference in the lives of the families we serve. It’s a true high-impact investment -- not only for the mom, but for her child and the community. Independent research shows a community’s return-on-investment can be over five dollars for every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership. The research is clear -- investing early in a child’s health through Nurse-Family Partnership improves the child’s development and opportunities for success later in life.

Target demographics: Women living in poverty pregnant with their first child.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 26,000 families in 43 states.

Geographic areas served: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, US Virgin Islands

Programs: Improving pregnancy outcomes, improving child health and development and improving the economic self-sufficiency of the families we serve.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

This is an organization which truly shapes the future--both for babies and for our country. A simple idea delivered by a well-run organization.


Rating: 5

As a concerned citizen, I’ve long been aware of the devastating negative effects of poverty on the psychosocial wellbeing of a person’s life. But also as a psychotherapist in practice for over 30 years, I’ve become particularly aware of the impact of the early environment on a child’s emotional and intellectual development. Recent research has confirmed that the architecture of an infant’s brain begins important formation in the womb and in the early years of a child’s life. (http://developingchild.harvard.edu/). How can every child, even those without resources, reach his or her full potential? What could I do to help?

In 2006, I read an article in The New Yorker called “Swamp Nurse”. It described how Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) offered to low-income first-time mothers in Louisiana an opportunity to work with a specially trained nurse home visitor from early in her pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. Beginning in the early 1970s, Dr. David Olds initiated the development of a nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers and their children. Over the next three decades, he and his colleagues continued to test the program in three separate, randomized, controlled trials with three different populations in Elmira, New York, Memphis, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado before the program was offered for replication. Dr. Olds and his research team documented evidenced-based outcomes that demonstrated how the relationship between the new mother and her nurse measurably improved long-term the lives of the at-risk moms and children. Today, there are NFP programs in 40 states, and Dr. Olds continues his longitudinal research from the trials, which continue to demonstrate positive impacts decades later.

I was impressed and three years ago, approached Nurse-Family Partnership about setting up a site in Eastern Long Island where I live part-time. The passion, intelligence and efficacy of the staff are extraordinary and some day, a NFP site may exist there. Meanwhile, I have become acquainted with the dedicated work of New York City Nurse-Family Partnership, which is sponsored by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and have been invited to serve on their Community Advisory Board. One of the NYC NFP sites, the Targeted Citywide Initiative, provides a nurse and a mental health clinician for teens in foster care, women living in homeless shelters, and incarcerated women incarcerated women at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility. These young parents have the opportunity to meet monthly as a group with their NFP team.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an intervention that provides a first-time at-risk pregnant woman with the tools to help her build her own life as well as a positive relationship with her child. The changes brought about by the relationship of the new mother with her nurse are intergenerational! I feel passionate about how NFP makes a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable youngsters and has the potential to begin to interrupt the cycle of poverty. It needs our support.


Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering my time to Nurse-Family Partnership. I'm retired and the well organized projects I've helped with keep my mind and my fingers agile!



Rating: 5

Nurse Family Partnership means so much to me. I am both a mother of two young boys and a resident of a populated urban neighborhood. Everyday I see moms who struggle with parenting. Research shows that kids benefit tremendously when they are raised in positive, nurturing, healthy environments, but these conditions are not a given. NFP provides real skills and support systems the families that need them most, so kids are set up for greater successes in life.



Rating: 5

It's an amazing organization that helps women achieve goals that they never otherwise even consider - the nurses not only help them raise healthy babies, they empower the mothers for the rest of their lives. The long-term studies have proven that NFP works - the organization helps moms and babies and saves taxpayers money.