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Tribal Home Visiting

Mother holding and kissing babyThe Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides grants to tribal organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

The Tribal Home Visiting program is funded by a 3 percent set-aside from the larger MIECHV program. Tribal Home Visiting grants are awarded to Indian tribes, consortia of tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations.

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Promoting Early Language and Literacy in Tribal Home Visiting Programs

Choctaw Nation EL&L Issue Brief PhotoTribal Home Visiting Issue Brief: Promoting Early Language and Literacy in Tribal Home Visiting Programs

This issue brief—based on interviews with eight Tribal Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (Tribal MIECHV) grantees focuses on the ways in which home visiting programs can promote the development of early language and literacy skills. The brief starts with a short overview of early child development to illustrate how language, literacy, and culture are nested within overall development. It reviews why early language and literacy is important and the need for home visiting programs to be intentional in helping families support children’s language and literacy development. The brief shares examples of how Tribal MIECHV grantees are helping families build upon everyday activities from storytelling to singing, talking, reading, and other strategies. It also highlights how some grantees are tapping into community resources to extend language and literacy offerings.

Click here to access the Issue Brief.