Shriver: Bipartisan Support for MIECHV Reflects Clear Understanding of Impact

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5, 2014) — Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, today issued the following statement praising more than 750 organizations from across the country who partnered with Save the Children Action Network to send a letter this week to congressional leadership calling for the timely extension of funding for the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.

“The bipartisan support for funding MIECHV reflects a clear understanding that providing vulnerable children, pregnant women, and families with high-quality home visiting programs improves prenatal care and birth outcomes, early childhood health and development, school readiness, and parenting practices. MIECHV positively changes the trajectory of the lives of the children and families it serves – that’s why Congress must prioritize investments in our youngest and most vulnerable citizens and extend funding for this critical program.”

MIECHV is a proven program based in every state, territory, and tribal organization as well as in the District of Columbia. The program supports evidence-based home visiting initiatives that provide information and support for parents struggling to meet their children’s basic needs. MIECHV offers states flexibility to tailor their home visiting initiatives to best meet the needs of their residents and sets accountability requirements to ensure federal funding effectively supports families. Funding for the program expires in March 2015.

Leaders from every state and territory, including tribal leaders, signed the letter. The full text of the letter, including a list of all signatories, is available here.

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