JOIN US IN ASKING YOUR SENATORS TO PRIORITIZE SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING FOR MIECHV IN THE YEAR-END PACKAGE
The House just passed the bipartisan Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 390-26, but with funding set to expire for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in under two weeks, it’s more important than ever that the Senate follows suit and swiftly acts to ensure this vital legislation is included in the upcoming year-end package and signed into law. Without action, thousands of community-based programs will be forced to close, affecting families in need and staff across the country.
This funding will help to pair families who often have limited support and resources with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. We know from libraries worth of research that the MIECHV program helps to:
- reduce maternal mortality and morbidity,
- improve infant and child health,
- improve school readiness,
- decrease incidence of child neglect, and
- promote family well-being and stability.
But, if the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act is not included, this critical federal program could expire in the coming weeks.