January 19, 2017
Creating a high-quality system of services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
The purpose of this joint statement from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments), is to set a vision for stronger partnerships, collaboration, and coordination between awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C Program (IDEA Part C Program). Specifically, this joint statement provides recommendations to states, territories, and tribal entities to identify and enhance opportunities for collaboration and coordination between MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Program.
Effective collaboration and coordination across MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Program can create a high-quality system of services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. It is the position of both Departments that all infants and toddlers and their families should have access to coordinated, comprehensive services that support overall health, development, and wellness. This joint ED and HHS statement aims to advance this position by:
- Providing an overview of the MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Programs;
- Emphasizing the potential for collaboration and coordination between MIECHV awardees and the IDEA Part C State programs;
- Highlighting existing opportunities for partnerships between MIECHV awardees and the IDEA Part C State programs; and
- Providing recommendations to states, territories, tribal entities, and local programs for identifying and increasing opportunities for collaboration and coordination.
Joint Policy Statement on Collaboration and Coordination of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C Programs (PDF, 1.0MB)
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CLASP, together with the Center for American Progress, interviewed 20 state and 2 tribal MIECHV grantees to understand how federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) dollars are being used to provide evidence-based home visiting services to children and parents, and to identify innovative approaches, successes, and challenges. The results are outlined in a report, An Investment in our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children, and in-depth state profiles (accessed through our interactive map below).
Interviews with 22 states and tribal organizations revealed the breadth of innovation and success across the country as a result of MIECHV funding, including the:
- Expansion of evidence-based home visiting to serve more vulnerable children and families in high-risk communities and keep them engaged in the programs.
- Establishment of systems within home visiting communities and across services that support children and families, ensuring that families receive the best services to meet their needs.
- Provision of systemic training, technical assistance, and professional development to support the home visiting workforce.
- Creation of data collection systems, allowing grantees to analyze, evaluate, and report on data to demonstrate achieved child and family outcomes and improve program quality.
- Coordination amongst home visiting and other early childhood programs as well as the creation of centralized intake systems, which are collaborative approaches to engaging, recruiting, and enrolling families in home visiting programs across programs and organizations.
- Use of promising practices and other innovations in order to better serve at-risk populations with unmet needs.
Source: CLASP: Policy Solutions That Work for Low-Income People
Available at: http://www.clasp.org/issues/child-care-and-early-education/did-you-know/miechv-funding-has-central-role-in-expanding-home-visiting-services-to-vulnerable-families
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. The HomVEE review is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research under the guidance of a Department of Health and Human Services HHS interagency working group composed of representatives from:
- The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation OPRE, Administration for Children and Families ACF
- The Children’s Bureau, ACF
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC
- The Health Resources and Services Administration HRSA
- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation ASPE
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established a Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program MIECHV that provides $1.5 billion over five years to states to establish home visiting program models for at-risk pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. The Act stipulates that 75 percent of the funds must be used for home visiting programs with evidence of effectiveness based on rigorous evaluation research. The HomVEE review provides information about which home visiting program models have evidence of effectiveness as required by the legislation and defined by HHS, as well as detailed information about the samples of families who participated in the research, the outcomes measured in each study, and the implementation guidelines for each model.
This executive summary provides an overview of the HomVEE review process, a summary of the review results, and a link to the HomVEE website for more detailed information.
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By Stephanie Schmit, Liz Schott, LaDonna Pavetti, and Hannah Matthews
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), a federal and state partnership that supports family- and child-related home visiting programs in every state, will expire at the end of fiscal year 2014 unless Congress takes steps to extend it — threatening a host of programs that have proven effective for strengthening high-risk families and saving money over the long run.
MIECHV targets high-risk families who are most likely to benefit from intensive home visiting services, through which trained professionals (often nurses, social workers, or parent educators) help parents acquire the skills to promote their children’s development. The home visiting programs help families connect to necessary services, such as health care or community resources, and monitor child development and progress on developmental milestones. MIECHV provides the federal funds to support the programs, while states and localities implement them. Congress provided $400 million for MIECHV this year.
Source: CLASP: Policy Solutions that work for low-income people
Available at: http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/CLASP-CBPP-Joint-Brief-FINAL.pdf
The essential elements of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) model are discussed in this webcast. States that have funded the Early Head Start (EHS) home-based model, and those programs that are expanding their EHS services through MIECHV funding from the state may find this information helpful in running their programs.
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/multimedia/webcasts/SupportingBabies.htm
Applications Due: 8/12/2013
This announcement solicits applications to develop a Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) to provide support for the delivery of maternal and early childhood services, including (but not limited to) home visiting services provided under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), which was authorized by section 2951 of the Affordable Care Act. MIECHV seeks to identify families with children ages 0 to 5 years and pregnant women who reside in at-risk communities and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for these families. The purpose of the HV CoIIN is to facilitate the delivery and accelerate the improvement of home visiting and other early childhood services, both globally and as provided by MIECHV grantees, so as to obtain good results faster for low-income and other at-risk families served. More specifically, in partnership with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems (DHVECS), the successful applicant will plan and implement a HV CoIIN to facilitate the dissemination of methods and tools on continuous quality improvement (CQI) to up to forty (40) home visiting local implementing agency (LIA) pilot teams in partnership with other early childhood service agencies that operate within up to 12 MIECHV grantee states. Ultimately, the purpose of the HV CoIIN is to produce faster and more consistent health and development results benefiting families served by MIECHV program agencies and other early childhood service agencies in at-risk communities across the country. Concrete examples of the contemplated results are parental smoking cessation, reduction of adult depression or child developmental delays or child maltreatment, and attaining family economic self-sufficiency.
Available at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=5QnwRkDJ22KdKTp16Bx20qNzzLdGp19vn8zMjsmv4vQxl7ttDTBd!1811195850?oppId=237573&mode=VIEW
This webinar provides information on the Office of Head Start’s Monitoring Process for all funded programs. It focuses on Early Head Start (EHS) home-based programs that are expanding their EHS services through Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding.
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/multimedia/webinars/MIECHVWebinar.htm
This information sheet describes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funded Early Head Start Home Visiting model. Early Head Start staff may use this resource for a greater understanding of the model and how it compares to the Office of Head Start funded Early Head Start Home-based option.
MIECHV is a program designed to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families through evidence-based home visiting programs. MIECHV coordinates work at the federal, state and local levels. The program was established in 2010 and is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). MIECHV grants are made to states and tribal communities to “deliver effective evidence-based early childhood home visiting programs to pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents and primary caregivers of young children birth to kindergarten entry in communities identified through statewide needs assessments as being at risk.”
Source: Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/program-options/home-based/WhatIstheMater.htm
The following information on data collection requirements pertains to Head Start and Early Head Start programs participating in the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program (MIECHV). Please direct any questions on this communication to Elizabeth Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christina Benjamin at Christina.Benjamin@acf.hhs.gov.
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center/Early Head Start National Resource Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/home-based-model/DataCollectionR.htm