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Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

All 50 States, the District of Columbia and six jurisdictions, have received grants to support evidence-based home visiting programs focused on improving the wellbeing of families with young children.

Through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, nurses, social workers, or other professionals meet with at-risk families in their homes, evaluate the families’ circumstances, and connect families to the kinds of help that can make a real difference in a child’s health, development, and ability to learn - such as health care, developmental services for children, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention, and nutrition education or assistance. 

Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program responds to the diverse needs of children and families in communities at risk and provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and partnership at the Federal, State, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.

The initial formula grants of $500,000 each, support the States and jurisdictions in conducting statewide assessments to identify existing home visiting programs and areas of high need.  These assessments will then inform how they use these funds to assure effective coordination and implementation of evidence-based high-quality home visiting programs that are designed to improve maternal and child health, foster healthy child development, and prevent child maltreatment. 

Successful home visiting programs are multi-faceted, providing services in the health, child protection, early education, and social services arenas based on a holistic assessment of what families may or may not need. HRSA and the Administration for Children and Families are collaborating on this initiative at the Federal level, ensuring that expertise in each of these areas is engaged in the home visiting effort.

Timeline

Funding Opportunity Announcement published June 10, 2010

Applications due July 9, 2010

HHS Allocated $88 Million for Home Visiting Program to Improve the Wellbeing of Children and Families funds awarded July 21, 2010

Supplemental Information Request for the Submission of the Statewide Needs Assessment published August 19, 2010

Statewide needs assessment due September 20, 2010

Supplemental Information Request for the Submission of the Updated State Plan (PDF - 672 KB) and Transmittal Letter to States (PDF - 64 KB) published February 8, 2011

Updated state plan due within 90 to 120 days

Tribal Home Visiting Program

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Indian Tribes, consortia and organizations published June 24, 2010

Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program funds awarded September 29, 2010