chalk talk The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program was established to deliver high quality, evidence-based, voluntary early childhood home visitation services to ensure that more children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn and able to become productive members of society. The goals of the program are to collect, report and evaluate (through continuous quality improvement activities) information which will lead to: improvements in maternal and newborn health; reduction of child injuries, child abuse, neglect or maltreatment and reduction of emergency department visits; improvements in school readiness and achievement; reduction of domestic violence; improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and improvements in coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports for families. Ten counties considered most at risk have been identified through a Statewide Needs Assessment. The program provides expanded services to eligible pregnant women and families with children under age fiv e at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty level, with highest risk factors affecting maternal and/or child health, and who reside in the counties served through the program. Home visitation services are implemented through three evidence-based models: Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Early Head Start Home Based Option. For information on the programs contact the Home Visiting Unit at 573-751-6266 or

MIECHV provides services in the counties of Pemiscot, Dunklin, Butler,and Ripley Counties, as well as St. Louis City.

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Models, Service Providers, Locations, and Counties served:

  • Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
    • Southeast Hospital at 573-335-1033 Ext. 2125
      Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)
    • Malden R-I School District at 573-276-5794, Ext. 9
      Dunklin County
    • Parents as Teachers National Center at 314-432-4330
      St. Louis City
  • Early Head Start Home Based Option (EHS)
    • Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC) at 573-359-0010
      Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties
    • South Central Missouri Community Action Agency (SCMCAA) at 573-785-4727, Ext. 14
      Butler and Ripley Counties

The MIECHV Program participates in the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems State Steering Committee that makes recommendations for implementation and functionality of early childhood programs, as well as provides the capacity to integrate Missouri's home visiting programs throughout local and state level early childhood systems.