Health and Wellness
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
Help from health, social service, and child development professionals
Did you know that WIC and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program share a common goal -- to improve maternal and child health outcomes? In MIECHV programs, trained home visitors meet regularly with at-risk expectant parents or families with young children in their homes. Home visitors evaluate families’ strengths and needs, connect families to resources, and partner with parents to set and attain goals for their family. This two-generation approach has been shown to improve the health and well-being of parents and children across the lifespan.
Among the services home visitors provide are:
Teaching positive parenting skills and promoting positive parent-child interactions.
Promoting early learning in the home, with an emphasis on strong communication between parents and children to stimulate early language development and literacy.
Screening children for developmental delays and facilitating early diagnosis and intervention for autism and other developmental disabilities.
Linking families to needed services in the community, including primary care, behavior health care, and nutrition services such as WIC.
Collaborations with your state's MIECHV program provides an opportunity to augment WIC’s nutrition education and breastfeeding support messages, and to connect WIC participants with other health and social services. MIECHV’s interactive map provides links to state fact sheets and each State's Home Visiting Program website to help you connect your WIC participants with home visiting services in your state.