The HRSA Recently Awarded $11,704,276 to Support Pennsylvania Families Through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program).
These funds will allow Pennsylvania to continue to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.
Home visiting services can provide families with:
- Prenatal care
- Caring for a new baby
- Child development
- Health and nutrition
The program supports pregnant women and at-risk families, and gives the necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. It allows parents and caregivers to connect with the vital resources they need to support their families and provide opportunities for their children by connecting them with trained professionals in a variety of disciplines.
Home Visiting services may also help families:
- Improve health
- Create plans for education or a new job
- Use a positive parenting approach
- Reduce stress that can lead to child neglect or abuse
- Connect with other resources in the community
Each year, the Food Trust awards $7500 in mini-grants to early childhood organizations in Pennsylvania dedicated to teaching children about growing food and connecting them to their agricultural communities.
This program fosters healthy eating habits while supporting local farmers.
This year's awardees include:
- Angels' Place, Inc. (Allegheny County, PA)
- Blair Christian Academy And Child Care Center, Inc. (Philadelphia County, PA)
- CAP Child Care (Lancaster County, PA)
- Columbia Child Development Program - Berwick Head Start (Columbia County, PA)
- Creative Play Day School (Chester County, PA)
- Denise K. Cressman Family Child Care (Montour County, PA)
- Early Literacy Academy (Philadelphia County, PA)
- Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Montgomery County, PA)
Does your home or apartment have old peeling paint? Are there young children in the home?
The Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program is offering free home repairs and lead paint testing to those who qualify.
The program will identify and control lead-based paint hazards in approximately 175 eligible units throughout Allegheny County, including the City of Pittsburgh. Services available to eligible families and properties may include:
- Lead-Based Paint Testing
- Lead Hazard Control Strategy
- Lead Hazard Control
- Renters and homeowners in Allegheny County.
- Homes built before 1978.
- Those with a child/children under six or pregnant woman in the home.
- Those with a child/children under six who spends a significant amount of time in your home.
- Income below these limits:
Family size Pre-Tax Income
4 $58, 100
5 $62, 750
If you meet any of the above requirements, call 412-227-5700 to apply!
To learn more information, click here.