Implementing Early Start (New Zealand) Meets HHS Criteria

Model implementation summary last updated: 2015

The information in this implementation report reflects feedback, if provided, from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model(s) here may differ from how the model(s) was implemented in the manuscripts reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the HHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness. Please see the Effectiveness button on the left for more information about any research on the effectiveness of the model, including any version(s) of the model with effectiveness research. Versions of the model that are described in the Adaptations and enhancements section of this implementation report may include (1) versions that were identified by the model’s developer and (2) versions that have been implemented by researchers and have manuscripts that HomVEE rated high or moderate, but that are not supported by the model’s developer.

Materials and forms to support implementation

Service delivery forms

Early Start uses an Active Client Database (ACD) to record all contacts with families, case notes, planning, and screening. Home visitors are required to enter data into ACD.

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Assessment tools

All families complete an Individual Family Assessment. After the one-month trial period and before full enrollment, families complete an in-depth needs assessment based on a modified version of the Kempe Family Stress Checklist. Additional assessment tools used by home visitors include:

  • Family Violence Assessment
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
  • Assessments of drug and alcohol use
  • Triple P Assessment tools, including assessments of child behaviors and temperament, depression and anxiety, and parenting
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All Early Start families receive services based on four established curricula:

  1. Partnership in Parenting Education (PIPE) “Listen, Love, Play,” which focuses on listening, trust, language, problem solving, feelings, and how babies learn
  2. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), which focuses on positive parenting practices and means to address childhood behavior problems
  3. Getting Ready for School focused on 4 year olds
  4. Incredible Years
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Available languages

Materials are available in English only.

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Fidelity measurement

Early Start Project Ltd. undergoes two comprehensive audits per year by accredited auditors from the Ministry of Social Development, which monitors Early Start performance against set standards.

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Fidelity standards

Several manuals are available to support implementation of Early Start, including an operations manual, practice manual, supervision manual, and policy and procedures manual.

Implementing programs or home visitors can obtain information about the Key Operating Policies and Procedures (KOPPS) performance standards from Early Start Project Ltd.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2015. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Early Start Project Ltd. in April 2015. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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