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Home Visiting Coalition Evaluates House Proposal

Now that the House Republicans have introduced a reauthorization of the MIECHV (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting), or home visiting program there are a number of concerns with the current legislative draft. The Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (HR 2824), while it would extend the program for five year as CWLA and

House Republicans Introduce Home Visiting Bill

Before leaving for the weekend, House Republicans introduced a reauthorization of the MIECHV (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting), or home visiting program. The bill, the Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (HR 2824), would extend the program for five years—as CWLA and other advocates have pursued—but provides level funding of $400 million a

A Host of Reauthorizations But Some Need Passage

There are dozens of federal programs that need reauthorization and are not likely to get extended, at least not in this year. Some reauthorizations ran out years ago but they can still receive funding through the appropriations process.  This includes the Higher Education Act, Head Start, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) which

Budget Targets Billions In Vital Funding

The Administration released their full 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 23, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The good news is that they do not propose converting Title IV-E into a block grant and most of the core discretionary funding for specific child welfare programs is at the same level as 2017.  The bad

Home Visiting and CHIP Reauthorizations Get Muted Support

The President's new budget endorses both the reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but in both cases the budget falls short.  The Administration proposes just a two-year extension of MIECHV and at the same level of $400 million as it receives now. 

Groups In Support of SSBG Gear Up for Proposed Budget Cut

If you haven’t seen it before, a coalition group including CWLA has sent Capitol Hill a letter of support of SSBG that will serve as a reminder to Capitol Hill on the importance of SSBG if the Tuesday budget includes its elimination.  The letter includes more than 75 national organizations and organizations and agencies from

Home Visiting Coalition Seeking National, State and Local Sign-Ons

The Home Visiting Coalition, which CWLA belongs to, is circulating a sign-on letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for a period of five (5) years with a doubling of funding from $400 million annually to $800 million annually. The Coalition

Quality Child Care Shows Long Term Results

By Shellie Parrish Quality child care for disadvantaged children can result in significant economic and social gains later in life according to new research.  The conclusion is the result of new findings by Professor James Heckman, University of Chicago. The study displayed the correlation between access to quality child care and earned income of children

Domestic Violence and Impact on Health and Well Being

On Tuesday May 2, there was a Capitol Hill briefing, Public Health Crisis: Solutions to Violence and Abuse focused on the impact of domestic violence over a lifetime. The briefing was cohosted by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse and Futures Without Violence. Speakers included representatives from the Centers on Disease Control and

Urban Institute Examines State Spending on Children

Last week the Urban Institute released new research comparing the disparity between states when it comes to state spending on children.   According to study author, Julie Isaacs, “These wide disparities in public investment raise concerns about whether children nationwide are on equal footing…Though children’s outcomes are affected by many factors, health and education outcomes tend