Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)

Entries in this row combine information across all versions of PALS except for PALS Infant. Some other versions of PALS have at least one high- or moderate-quality impact study, but no version of the model other than PALS Infant meets HHS criteria for an evidence-based home visiting model.

Last updated: October 2019

Model Overview

Theoretical Model

PALS aims to enhance parents’ interactions with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is designed as a preventive intervention program to strengthen the attachment between parent and child and stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development. View Revisions

Model Components

PALS includes one-on-one home visits between a trained parent coach and a parent. View Revisions

Target Population

PALS targets at-risk families who are unlikely to have received effective parenting instruction. Local agencies may develop their own target criteria based on their service area context.

Two versions of the model exist: PALS Infant curriculum and PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum. PALS Infant curriculum focuses on children ages 5 to 18 months and their families. PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum focuses on children ages 18 months through 4 years and their families.

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Where to Find Out More

Keith Millner, M.A., Ed.M.
Director, CLI Solutions Group
Children’s Learning Institute
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Phone: (713) 500-3800
Email: Keith.Millner@uth.tmc.edu
Websites: https://playandlearning.org/; https://www.childrenslearninginstitute.org/programs/play-and-learning-strategies-pals/

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