The Home Visiting Coalition is asking you to join with their forces in a Day of Action to turn up the heat on Congress to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program before it expires in September.
Key Components of Day of Action on Wednesday, July 12th
- Webinar: Advocates participated in a Webinar on July 10 at 2p ET to preview the Day of Action activities.
- Release of MIECHV Sign-on Letter: Over 800 organizations have signed onto a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to reauthorize and expand MIECHV. Many others have signed state delegation letters. The First 5 Association has already signed on. See the full list of state and national organizations on the letter here.
- Full Page Ad in Politico: On Wednesday, July 12th a full page ad will appear in Politico, a Washington, DC publication read by members of Congress, Hill staffers and other thought leaders and influencers, to urge members of Congress to act on MIECHV. See the ad here.
July 12th Activities:
Call & E-Mail Members of Congress: Invite your friends, family members and neighbors to call, e-mail, write, tweet your member of Congress to make sure they know that MIECHV is too important to not reauthorize and expand the program.
- Engage in Twitterstorm from 2-3p ET: Let Congress hear from you on social media.
- Toolkit: Use this Toolkit to Engage Congress. Please keep up the action through July and August when members of Congress are back home for the congressional recess.
Other Important Information:
The National Home Visiting Resource Center, www.nhvrc.org ,recentl
- More than a quarter of a million families including more than 300,000 children received evidence-based home visiting services in 2015 over the course of more than 2 million home visits.
- About 18 million pregnant women and families (including more than 23 million children) could benefit from home visiting but are not being reached.
- States have long supported home visiting, pooling limited resources to serve as many families as they can in a way that makes sense on a local level.