Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program


A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Through home visiting services, this program is intended to ensure coordination and delivery of health, development, early learning, child abuse and neglect prevention and family support services to children and families in at-risk communities. At-risk communities will be identified through an assessment that states will be required to conduct as a condition of their receiving federal Maternal and Child Health Service Block Grant funding.

The federal government expects to make up to $90 million available in FY2010 to fund 56 state and territorial grants. States awarded grants will receive funding in three amounts. Each will get a base amount of $500,000 as well as the amount it normally receives under the Supporting Evidence Based Home Visiting Program. States will also receive a third amount of funding that is based on the number of children at or below 100% of the federal poverty level.

Arkansas Implementation

The Arkansas Department of Health submitted an application for this grant. The agency requested $1,145,502 to initiate a Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

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Federal Documents

Arkansas Documents