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Implementing Parent-Child Home Program

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

July 2015

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Type of Implementing Agency

The Parent-Child Home Program’s local partner agencies implementing the program can be school districts, individual schools/charter schools, social service agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant aid organizations, community health centers, public libraries, family resource centers, county or regional educational or social service agencies, or other similar local or regional entities.

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Staffing Requirements

The Parent-Child Home Program requires two types of staff positions: (1) home visitors who deliver the program to families, and (2) site coordinators who run the local program sites and train, support, and supervise the home visitors (and must be trained by the National Center). The National Center requires that sites have one site coordinator per 50 to 60 families served by the program.

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Staff Education and Experience

The Parent-Child Home Program utilizes paraprofessionals as home visitors. The program does not have specific educational requirements for home visitors; however, they must be able to prepare a written report on each home visit that conveys to the coordinator what happened during the visit and their observations of the parents and the child. The home visitor must also be able to administer certain assessment measures. The National Center encourages sites to hire former program parent-participants and/or community residents as home visitors. Home visitors may also be volunteers from AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), or students in social work. Experience working with young children or families, paid or volunteer, is desirable, but not mandatory. The National Center recommends seeking home visitors who demonstrate: a desire to work with both adults and young children, a desire to contribute to the community, a willingness to learn on an ongoing basis, the ability to work independently, and excellent judgment. In addition, home visitors must complete a minimum of 16 hours of training prior to beginning home visits and receive an additional minimum of 46 hours annually of training and supervision through weekly staff meetings. The National Center requires that site coordinators have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, social work, or a related field. Site coordinators are required to complete training provided through the National Center.

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Supervision Requirements

The National Center does not have guidelines on the number of home visitors a site coordinator can supervise; instead it requires that sites have one site coordinator per 50 to 60 families served, which means that coordinators are typically overseeing no more than 10 home visitors and potentially as few as 3.

The National Center requires that site coordinators have a weekly minimum two-hour supervision and training session with the home visitors they supervise. These sessions use reflective supervision and relationship-based practice. The National Center also requires that the site coordinator observe each home visitor conducting home visits, either in person or on video, twice a year and that individual supervision occur at least after each of these observations, and more frequently as needed. In addition, site coordinators meet with or talk to participating families several times a year, separately from the home visitors, to obtain families’ assessments of the home visits.

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Staff Ratio Requirements

The National Center recommends that home visitors work with no more than 16 families on a full-time basis. Most sites have home visitors who serve 8-12 families each.

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Data Systems/Technology Requirements

A web-based Management Information System (MIS) is operated by the National Center. The system facilitates the tracking and reporting of data on participants at the local level and enables sites to provide the National Center with aggregate data on program implementation and impacts, including participants’ subsequent performance on measures of school readiness and school success. Each local partner agency site must have at least one computer with internet access to access the MIS.

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Notes

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.

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