A recent letter to the editor published in the Elbert County News
As an educator, I know how important a child’s early years are. Those crucial years are the most important in ensuring children are set up for success in school and in life.
Throughout my career, I have seen that young children who receive quality early education and care have a strong emotional and academic foundation that serves them well in school. But, not all children and families have the necessary supports to provide their children with what they need to thrive during the early years. That’s why the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is so vital. This program has a proven track record, and the benefits are far reaching: children who receive voluntary home visits have better health, education and economic outcomes.
Unfortunately, funding for MIECHV ends in September. Congress must urgently reauthorize MIECHV to ensure families keep getting the support they need, and meet growing demand for Home Visiting. Estimates show that MIECHV has reached less than 5% of eligible families. Families across Colorado and the United States need the support MIECHV offers.
Join me and Save the Children Action Network in urging Congress to increase funding for MIECHV. All children – no matter their socio-economic background – deserve the best possible start in life. And, home visiting helps to ensure they receive just that.
Cathrine Aasen Floyd, Ph.D
Save the Children Action Network