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OPRE – MIECHV Program Evaluation

This report presents the first findings from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), the legislatively mandated national evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV or the Home Visiting Program). The report includes an analysis of the states’ needs assessments, as well as baseline characteristics of families, staff, local programs, and models participating in the study. The information in this report provides a foundation for understanding the implementation and impacts of MIECHV-funded home visiting programs. Later reports will explore the local and national implementation of those programs, and their effects on families with young children.

Key Findings:

  • The four programs most frequently funded in states by MIECHV were:
    1.  Early Head Start – Home Based Program Option
    2. Healthy Families America
    3. Nurse-Family Partnership and
    4. Parents as Teachers.
  • Mother served by MIECHV-funded programs have many and various needs
    • 92% were receiving some form of public assistance
    • 30% had symptoms of depression
    • Almost 20% had health problems that limited their activities
    • More than 75% had no more than a high school diploma
    • 10% reported being the victim of intimate partner violence

Research Snapshot
Executive Summary
Full Report to Congress