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.
Florida MIECHV funds proven programs that leverage established community resources and work with families who seek help in a trusted environment — their homes. Because families ask for help, they are committed, want to do better and work hard to be better parents.
Thirteen projects are implementing three models in 25 high-need communities and four contiguous counties 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.
Florida MIECHV is also building capacity that supports all early childhood prevention services through professional development, and fostering program accountability and a culture of continuous quality improvement.
The federal program was established in Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) amending Title V of the Social Security Act.
The FL MIECHV program is funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services.