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Like so many other pending critical issues there was no progress on Home Visiting.  The Senate Finance Committee is considering a draft that includes a number of short-term extensions, but that bill may only extend home visiting for two years.  CWLA is urging its members and advocates to reach out to their Senators in support of a five-year extension while including it in an extenders package. This is especially important to key leaders, McConnell, Schumer, Cornyn and others.  Members can go to the CWLA Action Center to send an e-mail or call their Senators and members of Congress. ACT NOW It Takes Minutes of your time to speak up!

Also as a reminder, two weeks ago HHS released research on the impact of the Home Visiting Coalition or Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The Senate has been considering a bill that would extend the program for only two years instead of the five years that advocates including CWLA have been seeking. This research can be found here:

 Evidence on the Long-Term Effects of Home Visiting Programs: Laying the Groundwork for Long-Term Follow-Up in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE).

The key findings of some of the first MIECHV research include:

  • Evidence-based home visiting has improved outcomes for parents and children across a wide range of child ages, outcome areas, and national models.
  • Evidence-based home visiting appears to be cost-effective in the long term.
  • The largest benefits from evidence-based home visiting come through reduced spending on government programs and increased individual earnings.