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ERIC Number: ED499713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Home Visiting: Strengthening Families by Promoting Parenting Success. Policy Brief No. 23
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This practice/policy brief focuses on early childhood home visiting as a place-based family strengthening strategy that supports parent/caregivers as a key influence on the lives of young children. ("Place-based family strengthening" means that "children do better when their families are strong, and families do better when they live in communities that help them succeed," according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.) Based on a descriptive synthesis, the brief reports that home visiting programs can improve a focused set of outcomes, including positive changes in parenting practices, gains in child development, reductions in the potential for child abuse, and improvements in a mother's life course. Several home visiting models can produce considerable positive effects and net savings over the long term, but many other programs, especially those with weak design or implementation, achieve few beneficial effects. Research and program delivery experience suggest home visiting appears to be most effective when three distinguishing elements are present: programs are of the highest quality; home visiting services are coordinated with other parent/caregiver and child supports in a dual-generation approach; and the intervention is tailored to the target population, using evidence-based models and practices as much as possible. To realize the potential of home visiting models to prepare young children for kindergarten, the brief recommends governments at all levels, funders, researchers, employers, and family-service agencies strengthen outcomes by increasing the use of evidence-based practices by programs and targeting needed services into the homes of higher risk families. (Contains 31 endnotes and 3 figures.) [This report was published by the Family Strengthening Policy Center, an initiative of the National Human Services Assembly.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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