The Bulletin

Exciting News: MIECHV Home Visitation Comes to Mercer County

Traci Dalton, Head Start State Collaboration Director

March 2015

Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia is excited to announce a wonderful new partnership with the DHHR Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health Home Visiting Program. The partnership will support the delivery of comprehensive child development services for thirty six additional families utilizing the Early Head Start model. Darlene Martin, Director of CASE WV Head Start/ Early Head Start stated, “We feel privileged to have an opportunity to provide high quality services to thirty six additional families in our community. It is about Children and Families. The focus of the program is to support parents as their child’s primary educator while they expand their knowledge of child development and work with the Home Visitors to assure many opportunities for their children’s learning experiences across the domains.”

This partnership is the first of its kind in West Virginia; utilizing Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funds to support expansion of the Early Head Start-Home Based model. This expansion marks a new phase to the on-going collaboration between the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH) and the Head Start/Early Head Start community. Previous collaborations have been: the Home Visitation Stakeholder committee, the annual home visitation conference, statewide regional home visitation planning committees, Help Me Grow, and enhancing online professional development opportunities.

Despite these numerous achievements the work is not yet complete; additional communities around the State may also get an opportunity to see services expanded. Federal and State leaders continue to promote the importance of evidence-based home visitation models such as Early Head Start-Home Based. The WV DHHR, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health Home Visitation Program under the leadership of Jackie Newson is dedicated to children and families and collaborating to expand all evidence-based home visitation models. Ms. Newson states, “We are excited to welcome the first of hopefully several Early Head Start-Home Based option programs.” Thus, other communities around the state may receive expansion in the future.

The Head Start State Collaboration Office wants to thank Jackie Newson and OMCFH for their commitment to collaborate to improve outcomes for children and families and would like to congratulate Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia on this exciting expansion of services. The Collaboration Office encourages all Head Start and Early Head Start programs to participate in the home visitation committees held within your region to be engaged in planning efforts for your community.

If you would like information regarding this partnership or how to get involved in the home visitation planning efforts for your community feel free to contact the Head Start State Collaboration Office @ Traci.L.Dalton@wv.gov, or Jackie Newson @ Jackie.J.Newson@wv.gov.