Home Visiting is a voluntary service for pregnant people and families with young children designed to improve health outcomes for parents and children, encourage positive child development and school readiness, and enhance family well-being. Home Visitors meet with families to share information and connect families to other services and supports, promote positive parent/child relationships and to support families in achieving their goals. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, also known as the Federal Home Visiting Program, is a grant investment to expand the availability of high quality, voluntary home visiting services.
MIECHV is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) which administers Tribal MIECHV grants.
Learn more about the Federal Home Visiting Program here
The MIECHV program works toward improvement in the following benchmarks:
Improved maternal and child health
Prevention of childhood injuries, child abuse, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits
- Improvement in school readiness and achievement
- Reduction in crime or domestic violence
- Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency
- Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports
Home visiting programs, also known as Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs), work to show improvement in 19 areas, called benchmark measures.