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.
800 Participants, Early Childhood Experts Gather at 2018 First 1K Days FL Summit (10/12/2018) - More than 800 early childhood professionals in home visiting, infant mental health, early learning, and maternal and child health gathered recently in Palm Beach for the 2018 First 1000 Days Florida Summit. The highly-rated conference featured nationally recognized plenary presenters who provided the latest science on parental brain changes, making the minds of young children, […] FL MIECHV Awarded $10.2 million to Support Home Visiting in FY18 (9/20/2018) - The federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has awarded $10.2 million in funding to the FL MIECHV initiative to support continued implementation of evidence-based home visiting in the state. The FY18 award will maintain funding for sites in 25 high-need communities and four contiguous counties. FL MIECHV currently funds one of three evidence-based […] September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month (9/2/2018) - September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Preterm birth— before 37 weeks gestation– is the leading cause of infant death in the first month of life. Babies born prematurely are at higher risk of mortality and morbidity, as well as developmental delay. In 2017, Florida ranked 29th among states with an infant mortality rate of […] Legisbrief Focuses on Home Visiting (8/27/2018) - A new brief by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides an overview of state and federal efforts to support home visiting, noting the strategy “enjoys mostly bipartisan support… due, in part, to the evidence behind the programs and the return on investment.” Home Visiting: Improving Children’s and Families’ Well-Being describes home visiting as “a […] Triplets! Home Visiting Supports Breastfeeding Success (8/11/2018) - August is National Breastfeeding Month! Nearly 90% of families participating in FL MIECHV supported home visiting programs during pregnancy in 2017 initiated breastfeeding and more than one-third continued for six months or more. Here’s a great success story on how home visiting encourages and supports breastfeeding families! Amy and Daniel Vaknin and their 2-year-old daughter, […]
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