The federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is being implemented in Florida through a public-private partnership. Led by the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc., the goal of the initiative is to improve health and developmental outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.
Seventeen local agencies are implementing three models in 25 high-need and four contiguous communities across Florida aimed at equipping parents and other caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to assist their children in being healthy, safe, and ready to succeed in school. These models were selected by the communities based on local needs, gaps in services and resources.
FL MIECHV Funds New, Expanded Home Visiting Programs in High-Need Communities (3/21/2017) - Funding was awarded by the Florida MIECHV initiative to establish new evidence-based home visiting programs in four high-need communities, and expand services in four additional programs. New sites include: Bay, Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start Coalition will provide Parents As Teachers to 50 families in Bay County; The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will offer Parents […]
Supporters of Voluntary Home Visiting Kick Off Campaign to Reauthorize MIECHV (3/14/2017) - A new national campaign to promote the reauthorization of the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative was launched today by a group of nearly 50 advocacy organizations. The focus of the campaign is to ensure that this successful, evidence-based program is not just continued but also expanded so that even more […]
New Studies Reveal Impact of Maternal Depression on Mothers and Children (3/2/2017) - Two new studies from Every Child Succeeds reveal the strong connection between maternal history of child maltreatment, depression, and child and parenting outcomes. They have important implications for home visiting and how best to support mothers and children. Here’s a synopsis reprinted with permission from the Moving Beyond Depression™ E-News: Folger and colleagues published a paper […]
FL MIECHV February 2017 Newsletter! (3/1/2017) - The February edition of the FL MIECHV Newsletter is now available! It features news on the new CQI learning collaborative, Supporting Child Development and the national ECCS Impact CoIIN; highlights from the 2016 Florida Kids Count Report, Coordinated Intake & Referral activities, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Home Visitors and much, much more! Read and […]
2016 Kids Count: Florida Continues to Lag in Measures of Child Health, Well-Being (1/14/2017) - Florida’s children continue to lag behind children in other parts of the country in key measures of health, economic and social well-being. According to the recently released 2016 Florida Kids Count County Databook, the state ranks 40 out of 50 states and faces its biggest challenges in addressing poverty and improving child health. The need […]
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