Home visiting has been shown to be an effective method of supporting families, particularly as part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services. These voluntary programs match parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first years—a critical developmental period. Although home visiting programs vary in goals and content of services, in general, they combine parenting and health care education, child abuse prevention, and early intervention and education services for young children and their families.Click Image to Download
Although home visiting programs have existed for decades, in 2010 Congress established the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to provide federal funds to states and Tribal entities to support voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to at-risk families. MIECHV is authorized by Title V of the Social Security Act and is jointly administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families.
The following resources and tools will help policymakers and professionals understand the importance of investing in home visiting programs and support the implementation of home visiting programs as part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services for young children and their families.
POLICY BRIEFS AND PLANNING TOOLS
This ZERO TO THREE paper highlights the MIECHV program’s role in enhancing state efforts to build high-quality, comprehensive statewide early childhood systems.
This ZERO TO THREE issue brief provides research on the effectiveness of home visiting and offers a set of policy recommendations that support the expansion of evidence-based home visitation programs.
This ZERO TO THREE self-assessment tool helps states define the home visiting system, assess the home visiting system’s capacity, and prioritize areas for improvement through a series of questions.
This tool guides communities through the process of creating new or expanding existing home visiting services that meet their unique needs.
This ZERO TO THREE brief provides an overview of the evidence that demonstrates home visiting can be an effective method of delivering family support and child development services.
ZERO TO THREE’s searchable database contains information on state policies and initiatives, such as home visiting, that impact the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families.
PRESENTATIONS AND WEBINARS
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (MIECHV TACC), led by ZERO TO THREE in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. (WRMA), regularly provides webinars to support MIECHV grantees in implementing home visiting programs.
Zero to ThreeJOURNAL ISSUES AND ARTICLES
MATERNAL, INFANT, AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING PROGRAM (MIECHV) INFORMATION
The MIECHV program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families, provides federal funds for states and Tribal entities to support voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to 5 years old.
The MIECHV TACC, led by ZERO TO THREE in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. (WRMA), provides support to grantees implementing MIECHV-funded home visiting programs.
MIHOPE, led by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), is the legislatively mandated evaluation of the MIECHV program that is using a randomized, controlled design to determine the impact of home visiting on a wide range of outcomes for children and families.
The Tribal MIECHV program, funded by a 3% set-aside from the larger MIECHV program, provides grants to tribal organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.