MIECHV/EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM
TEAM Early Education offers the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)/Early Head Start program to families in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton. This home-based program is for pregnant moms and/or the family with a child or children birth up to age three. MIECHV makes a variety of family focused services available to these expectant parents and families with new babies and young children.
A MIECHV Child & Family Educator (Home Visitor) provides families with a weekly 90-minute home visit (covering topics such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments and access to services). Developmentally appropriate materials are used in the home each week during the home visit for the parent and child to learn together through play. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a child screening and monitoring system, is completed by the parent during the home visit. Throughout the early years, children grow and change every day and this tool, along with vision and hearing screenings, will allow the parent to determine if a child’s development is on track.
In addition to weekly home visits, MIECHV families also must participate twice a month in play groups where parents have the ability to play with their child while networking with other parents. Developing social skills in infants and toddlers prepares young children for a lifetime of healthier interactions in all aspects of life. These play groups allow the parent and child to experiment with the world that surrounds them along with the emotional world inside them. By participating in the play groups, parents develop friendships with other parents and broaden their system of social support. They learn new ideas about parenting from other parents, home visiting staff and community partners. Playing with your child in play groups builds the imagination, promotes social skills, advances physical development and helps young children work through their emotions.
- Young infants are exposed to new sights, sounds, textures and sensory experiences that provide numerous learning opportunities.
- Older infants and toddlers gain access to equipment and materials and have experiences that build upon their emerging developmental capacities.
CONNECTIONS TO OTHER SERVICES
Families enrolled in MIECHV are automatically eligible for free monthly diapers and wipes through the Diaper Bank at TEAM’s Family Resource Center which is funded through the Valley Community Foundation along with public and private donations.
In addition to a families’ assigned Home Visitor, a Registered Nurse is available for home visits with pregnant moms and moms who have just given birth. The RN is a certified Lactation Consultant and can provide added support by making additional prenatal and postpartum home visits, providing information on breastfeeding and discussing the childbirth experience. MIECHV also offers support and encouragement with parenting to dads and other important male figures in the child’s life.
Through the exciting and free MIECHV program, parents realize that they are their children’s first and best teacher. Parents become more confident in their roles and provide support and stimulating home environments for their children.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4 PM
30 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418
MIECHV/Early Head Start Manager
203-736-5420 ext. 205