Calling the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program “a smart federal investment that is providing an important impetus for states and localities to build strong systems for young children,” ZERO TO THREE released a new policy report on the efforts of the initiative. The brief presents profiles of states across the country as examples of how MIECHV has been used to build coordinated systems of care in communities aimed at improving the health, well-being and educational success of at-risk children and their families. It also spotlights quality improvement activities, including the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) which is working with 13 MIECHV sites, including Jacksonville and Pinellas County, to test and implement data-driven strategies to increase program performance and impact.
“When these early childhood systems are coordinated, duplication of services is minimized, and appropriately targeted services are maximized, strengthening the life trajectory for many young children. Strong systems make sense for supporting the healthy development of America’s children and for ensuring that public dollars realize their full potential,” concludes the report.
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based, nonprofit organization committed to promoting the healthy development of the nation’s infants and toddlers.