We are asking you to join forces with us in a Day of Action to turn up the heat on Congress to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program before it expires in September. Your members of Congress need to hear loudly and clearly that MIECHV must be reauthorized and expanded without major changes so that children and families across our nation can receive effective home visiting services that improve their health, education and economic stability.
Key Components of Day of Action on Wednesday, July 12th
- Webinar: Advocates participated in a Webinar on July 10 at 2p ET to preview the Day of Action activities.
- Release of MIECHV Sign-on Letter: Over 800 organizations have signed onto a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to reauthorize and expand MIECHV. Many others have signed state delegation letters. Thank you for sending a strong message to Congress that home visiting matters for children, families and communities. See the full list of state and national organizations on the letter here.
- Full Page Ad in Politico: On Wednesday, July 12th a full page ad will appear in Politico, a Washington, DC publication read by members of Congress, Hill staffers and other thought leaders and influencers, to urge members of Congress to act on MIECHV. See the ad here.
- July 12th Activities:
Call & E-Mail Members of Congress: Invite your friends, family members and neighbors to call, e-mail, write, tweet your member of Congress to make sure they know that MIECHV is too important to not reauthorize and expand the program.
- Engage in Twitterstorm from 2-3p ET: Let Congress hear from you on social media.
- Toolkit: Use our Toolkit to Engage Congress.. Please keep up the action through July and August when members of Congress are back home for the congressional recess.
- Other Important Information
The National Home Visiting Resource Center, www.nhvrc.org ,recently launched the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook which presents a portrait of early childhood home visiting across America, expanding our understanding of who receives, administers, and funds home visiting. Highlights include—
- More than a quarter of a million families including more than 300,000 children received evidence-based home visiting services in 2015 over the course of more than 2 million home visits.
- About 18 million pregnant women and families (including more than 23 million children) could benefit from home visiting but are not being reached.
- States have long supported home visiting, pooling limited resources to serve as many families as they can in a way that makes sense on a local level.
Please reach out to us with any questions. Thank you!