Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years
Early Childhood advocates across the nation are celebrating news of President Obama signing the SGR bill into law! SGR includes funding to continue MIECHV for the next 2 years and also continues support for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). In a rare display of bipartisan support, the bill received overwhelming support in both the House (392-37) and the Senate (92-8).
Please give yourself a much deserved pat on the back! And, be sure to thank those who helped make this happen—our local advocates and our legislators who voted to continue this important funding. Both Senator Warner and Senator Kaine voted in support of this legislation and all but one of Virginia’s Congressional Representatives (Dave Brat, Republican, 7th District) voted in favor of this legislation. Please be reach out to your local representative and Senator to thank him or her for their support. And, plan to join us as we continue our work to educate Virginia leaders about the effectiveness of home visiting and the importance of investing in early childhood.
See a brief summary of this legislation HERE.
As always, thanks for all that you do on behalf of Virginia families and children!
Laurel Aparicio, MPA
Director, Virginia Home Visiting Consortium
Since 2006, the Virginia Home Visiting Consortium has been advancing the delivery of high quality, efficient services that improve the health, social, and educational outcomes for new and expecting parents, young children, and their families within safe homes and connected communities.
Core strategies: Guide, Lead, Collaborate, and Research
The Nurse-Family Partnership program at Western Tidewater Health District hosted their first "Reading and Craft Day.” The play date offered infants and toddlers the opportunity to develop cognitively, socially, and physically through a group reading of One Fish Two Fish, a hand print art craft and play. Soon-to-be and new parents were provided an opportunity to meet social needs by interacting with other families in the program and receiving peer support. NFP team members goals for the program were to learn about what matters to the program's parents and to improve program engagement and retention of clients.
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Supported by project D89MC23543 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).