ERIC Number: ED411952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Healthy Families California: A Review of Standards and Best Practices in Home Visiting Programs across California.
Smith, Linda E.
Home visiting programs provide support services to families in their own homes, touching on social services, education, mental health, nutrition, health, or general welfare concerns. Twenty home visiting programs in California were surveyed to determine standards, best practices, areas needing improvement, and to develop training and support programs for caseworkers. Home visits were found to positively affect health, family functioning, child abuse and neglect, and school readiness. This report reviews findings of the survey and discusses best practices and practices needing review in the areas of engaging families, setting goals with families, and supervising programs to determine family outcomes and staff and volunteer satisfaction. The paper discusses other concerns such as a commitment to an emergent curriculum approach, caseload, peer support, length of service, boundaries between home visitors and families, and training and technical assistance. The paper offers recommendations for improving programs, and training and curriculum guidelines in the areas of engaging families, setting goals, and supervision. A list of participating home visit programs with contact information and sample survey questions is appended. (JPB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Family Environment, Family Health, Family Influence, Family Life, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Home Programs, Home Visits, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Supervision, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Consortium to Prevent Child Abuse, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California