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Washington Is Using Collaborative Planning and MIECHV Funds to Strengthen Home Visiting Strategies

Feb 9, 2016

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The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has provided the funding necessary for Washington to realize home visiting strategies included in the state’s early learning plans. A strong public-private partnership—inclusive of the Department of Early Learning, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Services, Thrive Washington, and other state and local stakeholders—informed the design and implementation of the Early Learning Plan and the Birth to Three Plan. Together, these partners set a common vision, defined common outcomes, and identified strategies for action—including home visiting. Regional early learning coalitions worked to carry out the vision. At the same time, 21 counties received further support to expand and support a portfolio of home visiting programs as part of the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA). In 2010, the state legislature created the HVSA to blend federal, state, and private dollars to efficiently and effectively serve families across the state with high-impact home visiting services and to provide ongoing technical support to continuously strengthen practices. It is projected that in the Fiscal Year 2015–2016, 11% of home visiting funds will come from private funding sources, 64% will come from federal sources and 25% will come from state funding.

Learn more about Washington and how other states are using MIECHV funds to strengthen their early childhood systems in ZERO TO THREE’s paper The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children found at http://www.zerotothree.org/policy/homevisiting/docs/ztt-homevisiting_final.pdf

Updated January 2016

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