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Implementing Parent-Child Home Program

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

July 2015

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Requirements for Program Certification

The site certification process begins when a site has completed two full years of program implementation (when the first cohort of families has completed the program). At that time, a staff member from the National Center visits the site, reviews site and family files and curriculum materials, reviews information from the MIS, observes a staff meeting, meets with the site coordinator to discuss both successes and challenges within the local context, and talks to staff at the site. Videos of home visits are also reviewed. If all these items meet the criteria of the National Center, the site is recognized as an official replication site. Regular site re-certifications occur every four years, or more frequently if there have been major changes in staff, population, size, or the sponsoring agency. Ongoing assessments, based upon annual reports, documents, and MIS data determine whether a Parent-Child Home Program site may continue to operate as an authentic replication of the program, using the program name and its copyrighted materials.

Local program sites are certified by the National Center based on adherence to program guidelines, (including adequate record-keeping and supervision), the key elements set forth by the National Center, and the principles on which the program was founded.

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Pre-Service Staff Training

Home visitors must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of training provided by the site coordinator before beginning home visits. The training is designed to teach home visitors to focus on modeling for parents how to use the cognitive and social-emotional curriculum while reading, playing, and talking with their children. Other topics covered include child development (both typical and atypical), relationship-building, components of early literacy, cultural competency, ethics and privacy, and child abuse and neglect.

The National Center requires that site coordinators participate in an initial three-day training institute provided by the National Center, and a one-day follow-up training within the first year of implementation. The training institute covers program theory, implementation, best practices, administration, supervision, training exercises, assessment, and evaluation. Training in the web-based MIS is provided via webinar following the initial training. The follow-up training emphasizes reflective supervision and cultural competence. After successful completion of the training, the new coordinator is certified to implement an official Parent-Child Home Program site.

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In-Service Staff Training

In-service training for home visitors is provided by site coordinators during weekly group staff supervision meetings. During the meetings, site coordinators review the curricular materials for the week’s home visits, using techniques such as role playing; and review what happened in the previous week’s home visits, highlighting successes and brainstorming solutions to challenges. During the meetings, site coordinators also provide trainings as professional development for home visitors on a wide variety of topics. Supervisors use reflective supervision and promote the ongoing process of reflective and relationship-based practice.

The Parent-Child Home Program Annual Conference is an additional opportunity for site coordinators and home visitors to attend sessions specially designed for them, network with others implementing the program in communities across the country, and further their professional development.

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Training Materials

As part of the training curriculum, site coordinators receive a training and implementation toolkit that includes informational materials, research-validated assessment instruments, all required administrative forms, training manuals and videos for both site coordinators and home visitors, and materials the coordinators need to train and supervise their home visitors locally. The training materials are exclusively for the use of local partner agencies that are replicating the Parent-Child Home Program.

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Qualified Trainers

The National Center-certified trainers provide all training to site coordinators. Site coordinators, following training by the National Center, provide training for home visitors.

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Technical Assistance

The Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center provides technical assistance to communities planning to start a replication site and to all Parent-Child Home Program replications. Technical assistance includes supporting efforts to start, sustain, and expand Parent-Child Home Program replication sites; providing new and updated materials, including a website and online materials, newsletters, brochures, and research summaries; maintaining the web-based MIS to which all sites have secure access; overseeing and coordinating research and evaluation activities; and participating in community outreach, government relations, and media efforts, including working with government officials and private funders to identify funding sources for replication sites.

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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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