The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, or MIECHV, supports paying for trained counselors or medical professionals to visit the homes of at-risk families. The counselors establish a long-term relationship with parents. They teach parenting skills, conduct developmental screening for children, provide social support and connect families with other community resources that may be needed.
Home visiting has support that crosses partisan lines. The American Enterprise Institute has written that children in home-visiting programs have better outcomes than those who receive interventions later in life. The Urban Institute and James Bell Associates, a research services and evaluation firm, have recently launched a National Home Visiting Resource Center that is a clearinghouse of programs offered in all the states.