The Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, the primary source of funding for New Jersey’s robust home visiting system, expired on September 30, 2022. While MIECHV has been included in the Continuing Resolution through December, Congress must act now to ensure the program is reauthorized and there is no lapse in funding. Otherwise, more than 5,000 New Jersey families annually stand to lose effective home visiting services that improve children's health, school readiness and economic security.
Advocacy efforts have led to the introduction of The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Act of 2022 (HR 8876), named after the late Congresswoman, a champion for home visiting. It reauthorizes the MIECHV Program for five years, providing the first-ever funding increase to the program since its creation over a decade ago. This legislation must pass to ensure families in New Jersey and across the country will continue to receive these critical services. Thank Congressman Menendez for his ongoing support of the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and urge him to keep MIECHV as a priority for the end of the year package.