Even Start-Home Visiting (Birth to Age 5)
Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.
Last updated: 2011
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
Even Start was a federal initiative that offered grants to support local family literacy projects that integrated early childhood education, adult literacy, parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities. The model targeted low-income parents with children from birth through age 7 and parents who were eligible for services under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Even Start programs identified and recruited families most in need of services as indicated by a low level of income, a low level of adult literacy or English language proficiency of the eligible parent or parents, and other need-related indicators. Even Start did not define required model components, but most sites delivered services through a combination of center-based programs, parent groups, and home visits. For the purpose of the HomVEE review, only studies of sites that used home visiting as the primary service delivery method and that included families with children from birth to age 5 were included. For more information, please read the Model Overview.
Extent of evidence
Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Notes: If the model does not meet criterion 3 but meets criteria 1 and 2 based on findings from subgroups, the impacts must be replicated in the same domain in two or more studies using non-overlapping analytic study samples. HomVEE assesses and reports criteria 4 and 5 for all models that have well-designed research, but meeting those two criteria is only required of models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials. Please read the HHS criteria for evidence-based models for more information.