Home Visiting Advocacy Alert!

Congress is poised to introduce a bipartisan emergency COVID relief package next Tuesday. Unlike prior proposals, it DOES NOT currently include funding for MIECHV.

Please take a minute to reach out to your Congressional delegation TODAY and urge them to prioritize $100M in relief funding for MIECHV home visiting in the next emergency stimulus package.

Here are some useful resources for crafting your message:

The Crucial Role of Home Visiting During COVID 19 in Supporting Children and Families

Policymakers Must Fund Home Visiting Programs During COVID 19

Parents as Teachers has also created a 3-click campaign to facilitate your advocacy efforts.

Thank you for your advocacy and hard work in supporting families!

COVID-19 Resources For Families

Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions

Parents as Teachers

Coping with Stress during the Pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIf You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Caring for Young Children

Florida Department of Health
COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7.

Call 1-866-779-6121

Parenting can be tough!

Learn about your child’s development and how to deal with the ups and downs of parenting.

Healthy Start of North Central Florida offers a FREE parenting program in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Marion and Putnam Counties. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)/Parents as Teachers (PAT) program equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to help their children be healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school.

The Parents as Teachers curriculum helps parents and caregivers learn about their child’s development, receive answers to parenting questions and get helpful connections to other resources. Learn more about MIECHV/PAT on this website and by calling MIECHV/PAT in your county.

Get parenting help through MIECHV

We’re still available by virtual visit or phone call—Contact Us!
Local MIECHV Offices


Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Marion and Putnam counties is affiliated with Parents As Teachers (PAT). PAT supports parents and caregivers in their work to raise safe, healthy, happy, school-ready children.

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Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (FL MIECHV) Initiative funds proven programs that leverage established community resources and work with families who seek help in a trusted environment—their home.

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The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies, and improve health and developmental outcomes.

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