Family Check-Up® For Children
Last updated: June 2017
Evidence of Model Effectiveness
This model meets 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, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.
Family Check-Up (FCU) for Children is designed as a preventative model to help parents address typical challenges that arise with young children before these challenges become more serious or problematic. The model focuses on high-risk families, where normative challenges are more likely to lead to unfavorable outcomes, such as child conduct problems. FCU seeks to decrease children’s conduct, academic, and internalizing problems; reduce maternal depression; and increase parental involvement and positive parenting. FCU for Children is made up of three home visits with an FCU provider who has been trained in the model. After the three home visits, the provider makes recommendations for a family-based intervention tailored to the needs of the family, such as parent management training, preschool consultation, or community referrals. 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
Summary of Findings
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.
Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services
Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.