Sometimes it takes help for new parents to find them amid the very real fears, stresses and outright exhaustion of becoming a mom or dad. That is where the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) comes in. The program, which will expire in September if Congress does not act, funds the work of home visitors – trained child development supporters who meet parents where they are and help guide them to where they want to be. It is one-on-one, one step at a time, helping parents work through the first crucial years of a child’s life. And it works. All MIECHV-supported models are evidence-based, meaning there is solid scientific proof that they work to improve family self-sufficiency, parenting skills and school success and to reduce negative outcomes including child abuse and neglect.