What is MIECHV?

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program

Evidence-Based And Voluntary

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program puts families first to strengthen communities and improve outcome for kids and their families. A cornerstone of evidence-based public policy, MIECHV provides funds for developing and implementing voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs. Programs must meet at least four of six evidence-based benchmarks to meet expectations of demonstrated effectiveness.

These include:

  • Improve maternal and newborn health
  • Reduce child injuries, abuse, and neglect
  • Improve school readiness and achievement
  • Reduce crime or domestic violence
  • Improve family economic self-sufficiency
  • Improve coordination and referral for other community resources

In 2015, across the country:

  • 83% of MIECHV grantees demonstrated overall improvement in benchmark areas
  • 81% of MIECHV grantees demonstrated improvements in maternal and newborn health
  • 85% of MIECHV grantees demonstrated improvements in school readiness and achievement
  • 85% of MIECHV grantees demonstrated improvements in family economic self-sufficiency
  • Screenings for developmental delays in young children are twice the national average in 18 states with MIECHV programs

Supported On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Policymakers across the political spectrum recognize MIECHV-supported home visiting programs’ proven record of success supporting the nation’s most vulnerable families during a critical time in their children’s development.

Implemented Locally

State and local grantees determine the best way to use MIECHV funding to effectively address the unique needs of their communities. Seventy-five percent of funding must be dedicated to evidence-based programs, and up to 25 percent may be used for promising approaches with some funding reserved for research and evaluation.

Furthermore, MIECHV reserves three percent of all funding for tribal home visiting programs.

MIECHV identifies 19 evidence-based home visiting models proven to create positive outcomes for at-risk families: