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  • Your Representative is Key to the MIECHV Program – CALL TODAY

    Last spring, thanks to your advocacy, Congress passed a one-year extension for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), which provides federal funds to states and Tribal entities to support voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to at-risk families. The program is currently set to expire on March 31, 2015 and our advocacy efforts are again needed to sustain this critical program!  

    Your Representative sits on a key Committee that is currently considering the extension of MIECHV and it is very important that they hear support for the program from their constituents!  See below for step-by-step instructions to make your call TODAY!


    BACKGROUND: Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee held a two-day hearing to discuss how to bring Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform to the President’s desk before it expires at the end of March 2015. As you know, last year a $400 million funding extension for the MIECHV program was included in the current SGR patch, and we hope to repeat this success again this year. We are asking you to contact your Representative this week to urge inclusion of a $400 million funding extension for MIECHV in the SGR discussion.
     
    ACTION:

    1.
    Click here to find the phone number for your Representative.

    2. When you reach the receptionist, please identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak to the health legislative assistant.  You may be asked to leave a voice mail, verbal message or send email, which is fine. It is important to get a message in to him or her as soon as possible because important decisions are underway.

    3. Use the talking points below to help frame your message:
     
    Talking Points:

    • Please continue to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program’s inclusion at its current funding level in the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) bill.
     
    • MIECHV is an evidence-based program that has been proven to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable children and their families and communities in our state.

    • Participation in home visiting is voluntary – which means parents who participate in the program are committed to their success.  

    • Without assurance that funding would be continued, many states would likely need to consider freezing enrollment of new vulnerable families in need of services. This would prevent reaching additional families with evidence-based programs that improve health, help prevent child maltreatment, encourage positive parenting, and promote child development and school readiness.
     
    • Thank you for supporting our state’s children and families.

    Thank you for being a Big Voice for Little Kids®!

  • Urge your Senators to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG

    The #Rally4Babies continues! A big victory for child care is within reach, but we need your help to cross the finish line.

    On Friday, September 12, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  (Click here for more information.) The bill has now passed the House and will come up for vote in the Senate very soon. Email your Senators and tell them to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG!

    Email your Senators and tell them to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG.

    Enter your information below to submit your email. 

  • Urge your Senators and Representative to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG

    The #Rally4Babies continues! A big victory for child care is within reach, but we need your help to cross the finish line.

    On Friday, September 12, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  (Click here for more information.) Both will vote on the bill very soon. Email your Members of Congress and tell them to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG.

    Enter your information below to submit your email. 

  • Tell Congress That Learning Begins at Birth

    Did you know that:

    • Many children without access to enriching experiences fall behind before age 2?
    • Less than 4% of eligible infants and toddlers are able to participate in Early Head Start?
    • The Child Care and Development Block Grant is only able to serve 1 in 6 eligible children, and only 30% of those receiving services are infants and toddlers?
    • Investing in high-quality programs from birth-to-three boosts the impacts of preschool programs?


    A recent poll by the First Five Years Fund makes it clear that Americans want this to change, and they want it to change soon. The poll showed that more than 7 in 10 Americans want Congress to invest in learning opportunities for young children and 85% ranked giving children a strong start in life as an important national priority, second only to jobs and the economy.  79% of voters thought it was important to make available high quality early learning programs for infants and toddlers. These numbers show that, as a country, we recognize how important it is for children to get a strong start that sets them on a path to success in school and in life.

    Now we need to make sure our Members of Congress are on board. Enter your information below to tell your Members to expand access to early learning opportunities.

  • Make Sure Your State Policymakers Get Your State's Baby Facts

    Enter your information below to send your state's Baby Facts to your Members of Congress and State Legislators.

  • Take Action: Support the FAMILY Act today!

    Please urge your Members of Congress to stand with America’s families by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act today. Use the easy one-click action below to send your message!

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