The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program is the federal home visiting initiative and provides the main source of federal funding for home visiting in Illinois.
Home visiting matches parents with trained professionals to provide voluntary, one-on-one and in-home parent coaching and family support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s early years of life. See what quality home visiting looks like in action!
The MIECHV Program was designed to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs across the US and improve the outcomes for pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at risk. All families need support, but for vulnerable and at-risk families, the access to support and resources that evidence-based home visiting provides becomes even more critical, and that’s where funding for MIECHV comes into play.
The goals for MIECHV-funded home visiting programs are to:
- Improve maternal and child health
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Encourage positive parenting
- Promote child development and school readiness
The MIECHV Program has provided states and tribes with significant funding over the last several years to implement and expand home visiting. For more information about the MIECHV Program see the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) website, which is the federal entity that administers the MIECHV Program at the national level.