According to an alert by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), yesterday the Senate passed the “extension through March 31, 2015 of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and its funding.” To make this happen, President Obama must sign this bill.
Voluntary home visiting is supported with MIECHV, which gives education to low-income parents. Among the services are child-abuse prevention, early education, and literacy. This program is administered through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program equips parents, who may not have an extended family support, with basic parenting skills and knowledge on how to care for infants and young children. The administration of the program gives states the flexibility of identifying problems they want to solve, such as school readiness or infant mortality.
On another note, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan(R-Wisconsin) proposed budget cuts to discretionary spending, which may affect special education, child care, and Head Start. More information on Ryan’s proposal can be found here.