Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and Parents as Teachers
What is MIECHV?
The Federally funded, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program helps states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs to improve the development, health and well-being of at-risk families with young children. The funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and states provide grants to local organizations to provide home visiting to families in their community.
Parents as Teachers evidence based home visiting model meets the evidence based criteria of the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomeVEE), which assess the quality of the research evidence of models.
As of April 2017, 35 states, and 13 tribal communities implement the Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model using MIECHV funds, which is about twenty-two percent of the Parents as Teachers affiliates in the United States.
Quick FAQ’s about PAT and MEICHV
- 22% of Parents as Teachers affiliates nationwide receive some MIECHV funding
- 13 Tribal MIECHV Programs chose to implement the Parents as Teachers model
- Parents as Teachers is the non-profit grantee for the state of Wyoming, funding three Local Implementing Agencies to support nearly 150 families.
THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS FIT
Parents as Teachers provides a broad context of parenting education and family support, and building protective factors, especially for those families in vulnerable situations. At its core, Parents as Teachers is relationship-based and parenting-focused. Our approach and curriculum focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being; on strengths, capabilities and skills; and on building protective factors within the family. Parents as Teachers serves a range of families with high needs—not just first time parents, pregnant parents or teen parents—and offers services throughout the continuum from prenatal to kindergarten entry.
How Parents as Teachers Partners with States
Parents as Teachers goes the extra mile to provide what states and local implementing agencies (LIAs)/Affiliates need—from initial preparation to ongoing guidance—in order to reach state goals and ensure families get the support they need for child success. Parents as Teachers provides a continuum of support for MIECHV state leads and LIAs.
Strong system of support: Local to state level
- 21 state offices
- 4 Regional Technical Assistance Specialists
- 9 National Office Technical Assistance Specialists
- Leadership staff dedicated to MIECHV
If you are a state MIECHV lead and are looking to find out more, please contact Kerry Caverly, Vice President, Program and Implementation Support for more information.