Family Check-Up® For Children Meets HHS Criteria

Last updated: June 2017

In Brief

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.

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Model Description

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.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and Review
Number of studies
Eligible for review
28
Rated high
10
Rated moderate
4
Rated low
12
Additional source1
2

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

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?
Yes
Favorable impacts on full sample?
Yes
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1
Yes
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1
Yes

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

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