Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs around the country pair over-burdened pregnant women and mothers – who are typically single, poor, minority and young from communities of concentrated disadvantage – with specially trained nurses, social workers, and other professionals, who come to their homes to help them access prenatal care and other health services. These include assistance with enrollment in nutritional, housing and other critical programs needed to ensure their babies get the best start possible.

Next year, MIECHV will expire unless Congress acts to reauthorize it. That’s why we’re proud to be a part of the national Home Visiting Coalition, a diverse group of national and state advocates working to support continued federal funding for home visiting programs.