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Implementing Parent-Child Home Program

Materials and Forms to Support Implementation

Last Updated

July 2015


Operations Manuals

The National Center produces six manuals that provide the information needed for local partner agencies to implement the Parent-Child Home Program: Implementation Manual, Coordinator’s Manual, Home Visitor’s Manual, Management Information System Manual, Replication Guide, and Guide to the Training Videotapes.


Service Delivery Forms

The following forms are used to collect information that is entered into the MIS:

  • Family Information Form: Completed for the child and family as they enter the program; this form captures baseline data for the site’s records and for aggregate reporting at the end of the year.
  • Family Participation Form: Captures information about the family’s participation and administration of pre- and post-assessments for both year one and year two.
  • Family Referral Form: Captures information about referrals made for family members over the course of the program.
  • Family Follow-Up Information Form: Gathers information on the status of the child and parents after they complete the program, including the child’s school performance.
  • Replication Site Information Form: Completed at the start of each new program year, this form captures all the data on the site and the number of families participating in the program for the year.
  • Staff Information Form: Gathers information on program site's staff.


Assessment Tools

The National Center requires that all replication sites administer two assessments (Child’s Behavior Traits [CBT] and Parent and Child Together [PACT]) that were designed to assess children’s pro-social behavior and parent-child interaction. Both of these measures can also be administered by videotaping and then having an independent evaluator code the videotapes using the rating scale. Other assessments include the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), Preschool Language Scales fifth edition (PLS-5), and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). In addition, sites may use other assessments as required by particular states or funders. The National Center can provide training for sites on integrating these assessments into program implementation.



The National Center requires that sites use its social-emotional and cognitive curriculum, which includes reading and play activities that are shared with families during the home visits. The curriculum materials, the books, toys, and activities that form the basis of the curriculum, follow a developmental continuum. The National Center does not mandate the use of particular books and toys, to allow individual sites to adapt the curricular materials to local cultural and language needs. The National Center provides a model curriculum reflecting the toys, books, and activities that are most frequently used nationally.

The National Center provides training and detailed materials on the criteria that the books and toys must meet, which program sites must refer to as they put together their own developmentally appropriate list of books and educational toys. The National Center also provides extensive guidance on recommended curriculum materials and provides replication sites with curriculum guide sheets for a wide range of books, toys, and activities. The guide sheets provide parents with suggestions for learning opportunities for each toy, book, or activity; questions and comments to use with their children related to the toy, book, or activity; strategies for dialogue (such as dialogic reading); strategies for pro-social behavior (such as systematic play); and enrichment activities (such as songs, rhymes, and finger plays). Site coordinators receive training in how to create guide sheets for any new materials they may choose to meet the language or cultural needs of their replication sites. Guide sheets developed by site staff and alternate curriculum materials are reviewed through the site certification process.


Available Languages

The Parent-Child Home Program serves families speaking more than 60 different languages and dialects; the National Center works with sites to ensure that almost all families can be served by a home visitor who speaks their native language. In addition, site coordinators are trained in selecting books, toys, and materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the families served by their site. Guide sheets are available in Spanish from the National Center for many of the books and toys used by the sites, and the National Center works with local sites on the translation of and adaptation of the guide sheets into other languages as needed.


Fidelity Measurement

The National Center requires that all sites collect fidelity data. Sites collect data on the following fidelity indicators: (1) dosage (the number of visits offered and completed and the number of books and educational toys offered and provided to families); (2) practice (records documenting the session are required for every home visit completed); and (3) program implementation (all sites are required to collect and submit an annual Key Elements Report to the National Center, which documents fidelity to the key elements of the program).


Fidelity Standards

The National Center requires sites to adhere to the Parent-Child Home Program’s Model Basic Requirements or Key Elements. The requirements include:

  • Families’ participation in the Parent-Child Home Program is voluntary.
  • The program is provided at no cost to the families.
  • Children enter the program at approximately 2 years old (or as early as 16 months) and participate with a parent (or other primary caregiver) for two program years.
  • Each family receives two home visits a week for two program cycles over a two-year period.
  • The site offers a minimum of 23 weeks of home visits (46 visits) each program year to all participating families, for a total of 92 visits over the two years.
  • A parent (or other primary caregiver) must participate with the child and the home visitor in every home visit.
  • The program materials, a book, toy, or activity chosen based on the criteria established by the Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center, are given as gifts to the family each week.
  • The site coordinator is trained by the National Center, or by arrangement with the National Center, by a regional trainer certified by the National Center.
  • The site coordinator must have a college degree. At most sites the coordinator is a certified early childhood educator or social worker.
  • Each local site and/or its sponsoring agency must complete a proposed plan and replication agreement. These documents must be signed by the administrator overseeing the program site and submitted to the National Center.
  • The site must provide the Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center with annual aggregate information on services provided and program implementation through the web-based MIS.
  • The site coordinator hires, trains, and supervises the site’s home visitors pursuant to the guidelines established by the National Center.
  • To maintain program integrity, quality, and outcomes, all replication sites must follow the Parent-Child Home Program model, according to the criteria set forth in the Replication Agreement, in the Training Manuals, and at the Training Institutes. Variations to fit local needs are acceptable only when reviewed and approved by the Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center. If a replication site is not in compliance with these criteria and/or has not signed a replication agreement, it is not permitted to use the Parent-Child Home Program’s name or copyrighted materials.



The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2015. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by The Parent-Child Home Program National Center on April 23, 2015. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.