DEL News

October 2, 2012

Department of Early Learning announces exapnded home visiting services for more than 400 families in Washington

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is pleased to announce the following organizations have been approved for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Expansion federal funding to provide Parents As Teachers (PAT) home visiting in their communities, serving 400 families. PAT is an evidence-based home visiting model that promotes school and life success by building on family strengths, capabilities and skills. The following programs and the counties they serve are:

  • Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Yakima; Yakima County
  • Children’s Home Society Of Washington; Cowlitz, Pierce, South King and Spokane counties
  • First Step Family Support Center; Clallam County
  • Friends Of Youth; Snohomish County
  • Little Red School House, Inc.; Snohomish County
  • Parent Trust For Washington Children; Yakima County
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic; Yakima County
  • United Indians Of All Tribes Foundation; King County

In April 2012, Washington won a three-year, $25 million competitive federal grant in MIECHV Expansion funding, part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Washington was one of 10 states that won, demonstrating significant progress in implementing high-quality home visiting as part of a comprehensive early childhood system. Funding goals include:

  • Expanding evidence-based home visiting services
  • Increasing knowledge about supporting programs in achieving intended outcomes
  • Building solid foundations supporting evidence-based home visiting services to families

In 2012, more than 900 families will be served under the $6.6 million allotted for year one of the grant. PAT home visiting will serve 400 families and Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) home visiting, announced in April, will serve 545 families.

Washington will add additional evidence-based home visiting services 2013 and 2014 based on key planning and development activities identified in the federal grant. These activities include:

  • Supporting implementation of home visiting services with fidelity through the Thrive by Five Washington Implementation Hub.
  • Working in high-risk rural communities to increase access to home visiting services based on community interest, need and readiness to implement home visiting. Counties include: Pacific, Gray’s Harbor, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Adams Counties.
  • Supporting the ongoing development of PAT and the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) to meet fidelity standards, data/benchmark requirements, and provide services in high-risk communities in subsequent years of the grant.
  • Assessing current availability of home visiting for Tribes, barriers to access, effectiveness with Tribal families, and promising approaches to addressing high-risk factors.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of an implementation science approach to the development of a home visiting system in Washington.

Find more information about MIECHV activities at on DEL's website.

Media contact:

Kara Klotz
360.725.4392 (office)
360.515.8699 (cell)
kara.klotz@del.wa.gov