This fall, Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding is set to expire, and I ask that Congress not only reauthorize this funding, but also increase investment in and expand the MIECHV program.
MIECHV funding supports home visiting services that are proven to strengthen communities and improve short- and long-term outcomes for children and their families. Home visitors work with parents to build strong relationships with their newborn and provide critical support during a child’s first five years of life.
Today, MIECHV-funded home visiting programs are helping 140,000 families in 1,054 counties across the country ensure their young children can reach their full potential – and many more families face barriers to accessing such essential services.
After nearly a decade of funding levels of the same amount, I ask that Congress reauthorize MIECHV for another five years and:
- Increase funding by $200 million annually, arriving at a total of $1.4 billion, to reach more families and better support the workforce
- Double the current amount of MIECHV funds set aside for tribal populations from 3% to 6% to reach more families in American Indian and Alaska Native communities
- Continue to allow virtual home visiting as an option, providing greater flexibility in where, how and when families can receive visits, and increasing access
- Provide disaggregated data (i.e., breakdown of data, often based on demographics) on benchmark outcomes to ensure equitable access to home visiting services across all communities
Starting at home and supporting families from pregnancy or birth into the preschool years is vital. When parents and caregivers are well supported, young children thrive. With a renewed commitment to continue and increase investments in MIECHV this fall, you can help ensure more young children in your communities thrive.