HomVEE Tribal Evidence Review

Published: August 15, 2011
Topics:
Cross Cutting, Head Start, Home Visiting
Projects:
Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program and the Head Start Act's Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, 2011-2016 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports

In June 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Care, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of funds and requested applications for the FY 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program. The legislation set aside 3 percent of the total Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program appropriation (authorized in Section 511(j)) for grants to federally recognized tribes (or a consortia of tribes), tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations and required that the tribal grants, to the greatest extent practicable, be consistent with the requirements of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program grants to states and territories (authorized in Section 511(c)).

The overall goals of the ACA Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program grants to states and territories are to strengthen and improve maternal and child health programs; improve service coordination for at-risk communities; and identify and provide comprehensive home visiting services to families who reside in at-risk communities. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program will enable states to utilize what is known about effective home visiting services to provide evidence-based program models that promote outcomes such as improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; reduced child maltreatment; improved parenting practices related to child development outcomes; improved school readiness; improved family socioeconomic status; improved coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reduced incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence. The ACA Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program mirrors the state program to the maximum extent practicable, with the goal of supporting the development of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated, high-quality, evidence-based home visiting strategy. The tribal program is designed to support the implementation of high-quality, culturally relevant home visiting programs using models that have demonstrated evidence of effectiveness.

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