Letter to the Editor: Thank you Sen. Grassley (3/4/2018) - Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Chuck Grassley, thousands of families in Iowa and across the country will receive vital support services through the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
Chronicle of Social Change: Home Visiting Not Included in Spending Bill (2/1/2018) - The program expired at the end of September, at the same as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is included in the CR. As The Chronicle reported last month, state and local home visiting programs are already starting to contemplate cuts if MIECHV funds expire. Advocates for a MIECHV reauthorization had hoped the program would at least get temporary relief in the CR.
Jennifer Garner: A Lifeline for Poor Families (2/1/2018) - Jennifer Garner is an actor and Save the Children Trustee. She recently shared her support of MIECHV in an op-ed on CNN.com.
Governing magazine: ASTHVI Executive Director Quoted about MIECHV (1/14/2018) - “When we talk to folks on Capitol Hill, there’s policy agreement. There’s consensus that it’s needed, valuable and cost-effective. All of the normal barriers to passing legislation have been addressed. And yet it’s still not moving forward,” says Cat Macdonald, executive director of the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives.
USA TODAY: The First, and Most Important, Classroom is the Kitchen Table (1/2/2018) - Currently, Congress is considering the reauthorization of a critical funding source for home visiting, the Maternal Infant Early Child Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Originally approved in 2010, it supports some of our most vulnerable families with home visiting in every state.
HuffPost: Want to Improve the U.S. Citizen-Ready Index? Home Visiting Can Help. (1/2/2018) - America’s strength depends on workforce-ready, law abiding men and women who are able to defend our nation. Unfortunately, a new report shows the majority of America’s young adults fail to meet at least one of these indicators.
Brookings Institution: Postponing home visiting reauthorization could do lasting damage (12/25/2017) - Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow - Economic Studies Co-Director - Center on Children and Families at Brookings, weighs in with their perspective on MIECHV and the need to reauthorize it.
Bipartisan op-ed: Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs (12/25/2017) - In an op-ed in The Hill, former House members express their support for MIECHV. The piece was authored by Former Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Tom Petri (R-Wis.).
Chief Flynn, business leaders urge lawmakers to extend funding for parental home-visiting program (12/1/2017) - Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Act or MIECHV for short, is lost in the congressional shuffle. Lawmakers let the bill expire at the end of September.
Olympian Sasha Cohen: Coaching works: Congress, support home visits for at-risk children (12/1/2017) - Sasha Cohen is a former U.S. Champion figure skater, a 2006 Winter Olympic silver medalist, and a member of Champions for America’s Future, a nonpartisan group of athletes and coaches working to level the playing field for at-risk kids. She wrote a commentary in support of MIECHV.