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Study Detail

Roggman, L., Boyce, L. K., & Cook, G. (2009). Keeping kids on track: Impacts of a parenting-focused Early Head Start program on attachment security and cognitive development. Early Education & Development, 20(6) 920-941

Program(s) Reviewed: Early Head Start-Home Visiting (EHS-HV)

Study Screening Details

Screening DecisionScreening Conclusion
Study Passes ScreensEligible for Review

Study Design Details

RatingDesignAttritionBaseline EquivalenceReassignmentConfounding Factors
ModerateRandomized controlled trialHighEstablished on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic statusNoneNone

Study Characteristics

Study Participants

This study relies on data from a randomized controlled trial of 17 Early Head Start (EHS) programs that began in 1995, and focuses specifically on the outcomes of families in one of the 17 programs, located in Utah. This program served clients through a home-based option (EHS-HV). The study randomly assigned 201 families either to receive home-based EHS-HV or a comparison condition. For this group, attachment security data were available for 160 children (83 in EHS-HV ) and 77 in the comparison group). Among the parents of these children, 22 percent were racial or ethnic minorities, 20 percent had less than a high school education, 22 percent were employed, and 27 percent were receiving public assistance.


Bear River Early Head Start-Home Visiting provided services to families in three rural counties in northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Home Visiting Services

EHS-HV services are intended to be delivered to study families via weekly home visits.

Comparison Condition

Control group families could not receive EHS-HV services, but could receive other services available in their community.

Staff Characteristics and Training

Not specified

Funding Source

Funder(s) not listed.

Author Affiliation

None of the study authors are developers of this program model.


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