The Nurse-Family Partnership® and Parents as Teachers home visiting models have received the highest possible rating from the Prevention Services Clearinghouse (PSC). Both models were rated “well-supported” by the PSC which reviews research on programs and services that support children and families and prevent foster care placements. The PSC is charged with reviewing programs to determine eligibility for funding from Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.
Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers are two of the seven models in the Colorado Home Visiting Coalition.
Read more about Nurse-Family Partnership’s rating from the PSC here
Read more about Parents as Teachers’ rating from the PSC here
New research from University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado finds that participating in HealthySteps averted future mental health costs for mothers and their children. What is more, the savings in terms of future mental health care is greater than the cost of administering the program. Simply put, the research suggests that investing in HealthySteps today, prevents larger mental health costs in the future.
Economic estimates vary but in terms of cost averted the program cost of $575 per child likely averted between $641 and $959 in future costs.
Read the full research article here
In Colorado HealthySteps is supported by Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) which serves as the state program office.
Nobel Laureate James Heckman talks about skills and traits – beyond performance on a test which have been shown to impact success and happiness. Of particular note to those interested in home visiting he talks about how the famous Perry Preschools parental engagement, not just student education.
It wasn’t just that the program operated with the kids. It also visited the parents. It tried to build the parents’ engagement, the parent with the child. And that was really important because a lot of parents then and even now don’t understand how important they are in stimulating, motivating, cultivating the child and getting the child to stay on task and, you know, learn. And so the parents themselves got galvanized and worked with the child. So the child and a visitor – a person from the child care center would go home and work with a parent… Parents themselves were directly encouraged to work with the child. And there was this very, very active engagement on the part of the parents that was – hadn’t been there before. https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=721733303
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