Montgomery County (Md.) Chief of Police Thomas Manger writes about why he thinks home visiting makes a difference in the lives of young people. “The [research] report also shows voluntary home visiting is a smart investment. An independent study in Washington state found that NFP programs produce a net savings of more than $17,000 for every family served based on improved children’s health, reductions in abuse and neglect, increased readiness for school and reductions in future crime.

The choice is simple: We fund voluntary home-visiting programs that have a proven effect on the health and safety of children and parents and long-term benefits for taxpayers, or we can pay more later for the costs of crime, incarceration and lost human potential.” Read Chief Manger’s entire op-ed in the Washington Post at