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Implementing Nurturing Parenting Programs (Birth to Age 5)

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2015


Type of Implementing Agency

Nurturing Parenting Programs have been delivered in many settings, including community agencies, departments of mental health and social service, parent education programs, prisons, residential care facilities, and schools.


Staffing Requirements

Home-based programs require a single home visitor to facilitate sessions. A program coordinator is strongly recommended for multiple site locations.


Staff Education and Experience

The Nurturing Parenting Programs can be implemented by professionals or paraprofessionals with training in fields such as social work, education, and psychology and related experience. It is strongly recommended that families involved in the child welfare system are served by bachelor’s degree-level staff with at least two years of experience working with high-risk families. It is further recommended that supervisors have a strong clinical background to provide reflective supervision, assist staff in monitoring the progress of families, help staff overcome barriers, and monitor legal documentation. Paraprofessionals may be used with regular and consistent supervision.

Facilitators and home visitors need to be empathic, emotionally stable, accepting of their own personal background, and dependable. They must also have good self-esteem and self-concept; knowledge and acceptance of alternatives to corporal punishment; skills in behavior management; appropriate expectations of preschoolers, children, and adolescents; the ability to act as a professional; the ability to conduct group process; the ability to act as part of a team; and self-assurance to run activities with music, play, and art.


Supervision Requirements

Weekly supervision for home visiting staff is strongly encouraged. This supervision may be conducted through phone or face-to-face contact. Supervision should be strength-based, reflective, and address successes and struggles with current caseload and/or staff.


Staff Ratio Requirements

The ratio of home visitors to families is determined by the agency supervisor. Because many of the families experience multiple challenges, each agency should ensure that the ratio is suitable for the competency level of the home visitor and demands of families. Agency accreditation requirements should follow their accrediting body requirements.


Data Systems/Technology Requirements

One DVD player is preferred so home visitors and families can view instructional DVDs. Assessment tools are administered as paper copies and entered into a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant, encrypted, and secure data storage system.



The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2015. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Family Development Resources, Inc. on April 9, 2015. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.