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 is seeking broad support to reauthorize and expand MIECHV before its funding expires on September 30, 2017. If Congress fails to reauthorize MIECHV by September 2017, thousands of children and families will be left without evidence-based home visiting services and states, territories and tribes will be forced to close existing programs that help children and families improve their health, educational achievements and economic stability.
All local, state and national organizations are being asked to sign onto the letter. In addition, all elected officials in states are encouraged to also sign onto the letter to let Congress know the importance of MIECHV. Please feel free to distribute this message and letter freely to organizations and elected officials who share an interest in seeing MIECHV reauthorized and expanded to reach more children and families.
The deadline for signing the letter is May 26, 2017.