Strengthening Investments in Voluntary Home Visiting Can Help Improve Public Safety and Build the Future Workforce in Ohio, and Bolster National Security
Voluntary home visiting programs aid Ohio families
Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs can play a significant role in improving outcomes for Ohio parents and children, as well as in building the future workforce, preventing crime, and bolstering national security.
Of the approximately 635,000 Ohio families with young children, there are over 146,000 highest-priority families who could benefit from home visiting. However, due to limited federal funds, only 2,100 Ohio families (equivalent to about two percent of the highest priority families) received services from the MIECHV program in FY 2020. Instability in the home visiting workforce—due to poor compensation—is another substantial barrier that can limit reach in Ohio.
Ohio members of Congress must prioritize and strengthen MIECHV. Without a renewed commitment that includes increased funding, virtual delivery, and improvements in workforce compensation, we run the risk of reversing gains and suspending future advancement, to the detriment of vulnerable Ohio families and the nation.
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