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      More help for families in need

      The Rhode Island Department of Health is giving more than $2 million to help fund eight community-based agensies that serve{}pregnant women and families with young children.

      The federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, provides support services to families in Coventry, Cranston, East Providence, and Westerly, and will expand to Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.

      The funding will serve approximately 400 additional families.