Federal grant continues home visiting services statewide
Thanks to a $11.5 million federal grant, pregnant women and parents with young children living in some of Washington state’s highest needs communities will continue to get the home visiting services that are proven to curb abuse and neglect and give children and families a great start.
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program recently awarded $386 million to help states continue and expand their evidence-based home visiting programs. While each state was guaranteed some money based on population size, grants were largely based on the merits of a state’s proposal and previous successes. About $9.4 million of Washington’s grant came from this competitive process; another $2.1 million was allocated for population.
Grant money will go into the state’s Home Visiting Services Account, which is overseen by the state Department of Early Learning (DEL) and administered by Thrive Washington, the state’s lead private partner in building an early learning system. The account matches and leverages federal, state and private funds to help increase home visiting services statewide.
“Washington state is a national leader in its home visiting work,” said Sam Whiting, Thrive’s president and CEO. “Our unique partnership with DEL ensures that that money is well spent on the highest quality services for as many families as possible. And our grantees and their communities are unwavering in their commitment to this work and their families.”
“We are reaching more families – and changing more outcomes – with a home visiting system that we can all be proud of,” said Bette Hyde, director of DEL. “Home visiting leads to stronger families, more successful schools, more self-reliant adults and safer communities.”
Washington’s MIECHV grant will continue through spring 2017 the work of 19 organizations already supported with MIECHV funds. These organizations represent rural and urban areas and have the capacity to serve more than 1,300 families. The grant will also provide professional development, home visiting services in a fourth rural community and community conversations about how to connect more families to services.
Molly O’Connor, Thrive Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org / 206.621.5562
Justin Montermini, Department of Early Learning, Justin.Montermini@del.wa.gov / 360.725.4919