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MOM Program

In Brief

Last Updated

May 2013

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Evidence of Program Model Effectiveness

This program model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations.

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Program Model Description

The MOM Program is designed to address gaps in the use of health and early intervention services for developmental issues for children under age 5, to improve their developmental and behavioral outcomes at kindergarten entry. The program targets low-income, postpartum mothers of healthy infants. Home visits, conducted by a nurse or community worker, typically last 15 minutes and are offered until children reach age 5. Until age 3, the program provides mothers with home visits and telephone reminders before planned well-child health care visits to prepare them for their appointments, telephone calls to follow up after their visits, and developmental screenings when children are 18 and 36 months old. Home visits conducted after age 3 focus on preschool and kindergarten enrollment and, when applicable, the transition from early intervention to special education services. For more information, please read the Program Model Overview.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Search and ReviewNumber of Studies
Released from 1979 to 2012 2
Eligible for review 1
     Rated high 0
     Rated moderate 1
     Rated low 0
     Additional sourcesa 0

aAdditional sources overlap with another study and are not rated.

For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings

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Summary of Findings



Outcomes Primary Outcome Measures Secondary Outcome Measures
Child Development and School Readiness

Favorable: 0
No effect: 5
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Favorable: 0
No effect: 0
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Child Health Not measured Not measured
Family Economic Self-Sufficiency

Favorable: 0
No effect: 0
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Favorable: 0
No effect: 13
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Linkages and Referrals

Favorable: 0
No effect: 0
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Favorable: 4
No effect: 0
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Maternal Health

Favorable: 0
No effect: 0
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Favorable: 0
No effect: 4
Unfavorable or ambiguous: 0

Positive Parenting Practices Not measured Not measured
Reductions in Child Maltreatment Not measured Not measured
Reductions in Juvenile Delinquency, Family Violence, and Crime Not measured Not measured

Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.

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Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study? Yes
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in…
 
   at least two outcome domains within one sample
 
   OR
 
   the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
No
Favorable impacts on full sample? Yes
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after program enrollment?a Yes
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?a Yes

aThis information is reported for all program models, but the requirements for sustained findings and inclusion in a peer-reviewed journal only apply to models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials.

Please read the DHHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Program Models for more information.

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