In this blog, I would like to discuss the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.
The program was established by the Congress in 2010 and in March 2014, extended funding through March 2015, building on the initial $1.5 billion investment. This program aims at providing mothers the skills and knowledge to raise their kids from birth to kindergarten. To qualify for this program, the fed funded community assessment need to determine the eligibility criteria of at-risk families.
- Eligible families residing in communities in need of such services, as identified in a State needs assessment
- Low-income eligible families
- Eligible families who are pregnant women under age 21
- Eligible families with a history of child abuse or neglect or have had interactions with child welfare services
- Eligible families with a history of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment
- Eligible families that have users of tobacco products in the home
- Eligible families that are or have children with low student achievement
- Eligible families with children with developmental delays or disabilities
- Eligible families who, or that include individuals serving or formerly serving in the Armed Forces, including those with members who have had multiple deployments outside the US.
- A woman who is pregnant, and the father of the child if available, or
- A parent or primary caregiver of the child, including grandparents or other relatives and foster parents serving as the child’s primary caregiver from birth until kindergarten entry, including a noncustodial parent with an ongoing relationship with, and at times provides physical care for the child.
Evidence based programs targeted by MIECHV program
Early Head Start – Home Visiting
Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers
Early Start (New Zealand)
Healthy Families America (HFA)
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting Program (MESCH)
Minding the Baby
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
Oklahoma Community-Based Family Resource and Support Program
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) Infant
Home Visiting Helps At-Risk Families Across the U.S.