The Montana Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MT MECHV) Program is a network of programs around the state that provide voluntary, family-centered services in the home to expectant families and families with new infants and young children.
What is home visiting?
Home visiting services support healthy pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and strong parent-child relationships. Home visiting services build on parent and family strengths. Home visiting services are generally provided in the family’s home, and may also include opportunities for group connections and other community activities.
Professional, trained home visitors partner with parents and/or parents-to-be to meet the needs and goals of the family, connect the family to community resources, and promote the physical and emotional health of the child and family.
The home visiting models implemented in Montana as a part of the MT MECHV Program are evidence-based, which means that research shows the models have positive outcomes for families. The models implemented in the state include:
Where are home visiting sites?
The MT MECHV Program funds home visiting programs in nine Montana counties: Cascade, Custer, Flathead, Hill, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Mineral, Missoula, and Yellowstone.
Click on the map for home visiting site contact information.
Program and Community Partnerships
Partnerships with community organizations are an important part of the home visiting services. Other early childhood systems often refer clients to the home visiting program, and the home visiting program often refers parents to other services that may be useful. In Montana, Best Beginnings (early childhood) community coalitions are key partners in coordinating early childhood services and improving the early childhood system.
MT MECHV Program Goals
The goals of the Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program are to:
- Support evidence-based home visiting services in Montana.
- Improve coordination of services for communities.
- Identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families.
- Improve maternal and child health outcomes which include: child development and school readiness; child health; family economic self-sufficiency; maternal health; positive parenting practices; reductions in child maltreatment; and reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.