Over 9 million dollars awarded to support Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released on Thursday, Sept. 27, that the Health Resources and Services Administration will award $9,076,894 to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program).

The Department of HHS said, These funds to support communities to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. Nationally, $361 million in funding was awarded to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations.

Thursday's award is an increase to the $8,584,677 issued in the fiscal year of 2017 to Wisconsin to reach parents and children most in need. Over the past six years, nationally, the MIECHV Program has provided over 4.2 million home visits. and served more than 156,000 parents and children in all 50 states.

The program serves almost 42 percent of U.S. counties with high rates of poor birth outcomes or poverty and provided over 942,000 home visits. Almost three-fourths of families participating in the program had household incomes at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Laura Kavanagh the Acting Associate Associate Administrator of the HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau said, "The MIECHV Program helps parents and caregivers connect with services and resources and empowers families with the tools they need to thrive."