The National Home Visiting Coalition, representing key national child advocacy organizations and related groups, is calling for Three Days of Action October 24-26 to focus attention on the need to immediately reauthorize the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
“Families across the country are at risk of losing critical home visiting services because congressional inaction allowed funding to expire two weeks ago,” states the Coalition.
“Congress must work quickly to reauthorize MIECHV in a way that preserves flexibility and stability for states and preserves benefits for children and families.”
The Coalition has put together a Days of Action Packet with suggested messaging and is calling on home visiting supporters to call, tweet and email members of Congress to underscore the impact of MIECHV and the potential disruptions caused by further delaying its reauthorization. #RenewMIECHV features special messaging highlighting the urgency of reauthorization during the three day period. Find your federal lawmakers here.
MIECHV, along with the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other key programs that provide support to vulnerable families, were not reauthorized prior to September 30th.
HRSA recently awarded $342 million in MIECHV funding to 55 states, territories and nonprofits—including $10.8 million to the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions—for FY 2017. This is the last award for the program unless it is reauthorized. These funds allow awardees to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. In Florida, MIECHV supports implementation of three evidence-based models—Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families Florida, and Parents as Teachers—in 25 of the state’s 29 high-need counties and four contiguous areas. The program also supports professional development, systems building and quality improvement initiatives aimed at optimizing child outcomes.