The federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV, program has supported high-risk families in communities across the country through intensive home visiting services since 2010. MIECHV provides federal funds to support programs that connect families with trained professionals— often nurses, social workers, or parent educators—who help parents acquire the skills they need to promote their children’s development. The majority of MIECHV funds—75 percent—support evidence-based home visiting services that have been rigorously evaluated and have proven to be effective strategies for improving outcomes for families and for saving public resources over the long term.2
Over the past five years, MIECHV grantees have built home visiting systems that reach the most vulnerable children and families in their communities. However, the tremendous efforts state and tribal grantees have put forth on implementation and systems building have not been broadly highlighted. Interviews with 22 states and tribal organizations reveal the breadth of innovation and success across the country as a result of MIECHV funding. (see “Methodology”).
Source: Center for American Progress