One of the wisest investments we can make as a nation is in healthy pregnancies and early childhood development. That is why the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is so critical. Evidence-based programs that help families provide proper nutrition, mental and behavioral wellbeing, and a loving home pay massive dividends throughout the life of those who are served.
Unfortunately, this important bipartisan program is at risk. If Congress doesn’t act by December 16, to reauthorize the program, it will expire; that would cause untold hardship for the program’s beneficiaries, as well as negatively affecting recruitment and retention of qualified and effective home visitors.
The U.S. House is expected to vote on this critical bill this week, and we urge its passage without delay. Healthy pregnancies, infant and child health and development, and school readiness are too important for these critical services to slip through the cracks. Please urge your Members of Congress to act now.
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