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Policy / Advocacy

Get Involved

Parents as Teachers welcomes the support of legislators and other government officials to help bring our evidence-based home visiting model to families around the world. On this page, you will find several resources intended to brief lawmakers on our work as well as our impact.

Advocacy

If you are a legislator, legislative staff or other government official seeking information about Parents as Teachers or need assistance with a legislative inquiry, please contact Alison Gee, VP of Government & Community Engagement.

If you are a supervisor at an affiliate, state leader or other Parents as Teachers partner seeking advocacy resources, please log into the business portal and navigate to the Advocacy workspace under the O.L.I.V.E.R. tab. Some of the services and resources we provide include:

  • Policy Technical Assistance
  • Advocacy Communication Support
  • State Specific Fact Sheets
  • Letters to the Editor & Earned Media
  • Letter & Email Writing Campaigns
  • Training & Professional Development

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program

The federally funded, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program enables states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs. The funding is administered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to states and tribes and in a few cases, non-profit organizations. MIECHV-funded programs focus on achieving positive outcomes with enrolled pregnant persons and families with children up to kindergarten living in communities at risk for experiencing poor maternal and/or child health outcomes.

Programs must implement services using an evidence-based home visiting model that meets the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ criteria for evidence of effectiveness as assessed by the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomeVEE) review process. The Parents as Teachers model meets the criteria for evidence of effectiveness determined by HomeVEE.

Quick Facts

Parents as Teachers is implemented with MIECHV funding in 35 states, 15 tribal communities, and the District of Columbia. 32% of Parents as Teachers affiliates nationwide receive some MIECHV funding 16 Tribal MIECHV Programs choose to implement the Parents as Teachers model.

The MIECHV program is currently due for reauthorization. While it was set to expire on September 30, 2022, Congress included the program in the Continuing Resolution to extend government funding into December. In addition, HR8876, the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization act of 2022, was unanimously approved in the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill reauthorizes the program for 5 years, doubles the funding over that period, doubles the tribal set-aside, and continues to allow implementation of virtual services. Read a summary of the bill and then ask your member of Congress to sign on as a cosponsor by Taking Action today!

For more information on MIECHV, contact Alison Gee.