Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Visiting (MIECV) Program
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grant program was developed as a national early intervention strategy, designed to help at-risk mothers and families provide for their infants and children within healthy and nurturing home environments. In FY 2010, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $91 million in formula-based grants to each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Georgia Department of Human Services–Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) is designated as the lead agency to administer the MIECHV Grant program for Georgia. The overall goal of Georgia’s MIECHV Program is to improve child and family outcomes in Georgia by implementing evidence-based home visiting as a major service strategy within Great Start Georgia. This program is designed to: (1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V funding; (2) expand and improve the coordination of services within at-risk communities; and (3) provide evidence-based home visiting services to those families who are most in need of support in providing safe, nurturing environments for children.
The MIECHV program supports home visiting services to vulnerable children and their families in 50 states, six territories and numerous tribal communities– helping them to achieve better outcomes in child health and development, school readiness and economic self-sufficiency. Early Head Start-Home Based Option, Healthy Families Georgia, Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as teachers are the evidence-based home visiting programs in Georgia that are funded by MIECHV under Great Start Georgia. In 2015, Georgia awarded $9.3 million to expand the state's MIECHV program.
The Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc is pleased to have received funding for this program through the Georgia Department of Human Services. With this funding, APC will implement two components of this program (First Steps Georgia and Parents as Teachers). This effort is being coordinated through Great Start Georgia whose goal is “to be sure every child in our state gets a “great start” in life” (https://www.greatstartgeorgia.org/home).