Implementing Even Start-Home Visiting (Birth to Age 5)

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Implementation last updated: 2013

The information in this profile 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 research 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. Similarly, models described here may not all have impact studies, and those with impact studies may vary in their effectiveness. Please see the Effectiveness button on the left for more information about research on the effectiveness of the models discussed here.

Training to support implementation

Requirements for program certification

Even Start projects were required to include several program elements:

  1. The identification and recruitment of 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

  2. Screening and preparation of parents, including teenage parents, and children to enable those parents and children to participate fully in the activities and services provided, including testing, referral to necessary counseling, other developmental and support services, and related services

  3. Accommodation of the participants’ work schedule and other responsibilities, including the provision of support services when those services were unavailable from other sources

  4. High-quality, intensive instructional programs that promoted adult literacy and empowered parents to support the educational growth of their children; developmentally appropriate early childhood educational services; and preparation of children for success in regular school programs

  5. Highly qualified staff

  6. Special training of staff, including child care staff, to develop the skills necessary to work with parents and young children in the full range of instructional services offered

  7. Provided and monitored integrated instructional services to participating parents and children through home-based programs

  8. Operated on a year-round basis, providing some program services, including instructional and enrichment services, during the summer months

  9. Coordinated with other relevant programs

  10. Used instructional programs based on scientifically based reading research for children and adults, to the extent that research was available

  11. Encouraged participating families to attend regularly and to remain in the program a sufficient time to meet their program goals

  12. Reading-readiness activities for preschool children based on scientifically based reading research, to the extent available, to ensure that children entered school ready to learn to read

  13. If applicable, promoted the continuity of family literacy to ensure that individuals retained and improved their educational outcomes

  14. Ensured that the programs would serve those families most in need of the activities and services provided by Even Start

  15. Provided for an independent evaluation of the program, to be used for program improvement

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Pre-service staff training

Even Start projects were required to train staff to develop the skills necessary to work with parents and children in all Even Start instructional services.

The Guide to Quality includes recommendations that encouraged projects to hold an orientation for new staff that covered family literacy; the goals, philosophy, and operations of the program; and a summary of participating families’ strengths and needs.

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In-service staff training

The Guide to Quality includes recommendations that encouraged projects to provide systematic and ongoing staff development and develop a written plan that included a budget, benchmarks for staff participation, and professional development goals for individual staff members and the program as a whole.

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Training materials

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Qualified trainers

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Technical assistance

Each SEA provided technical assistance to local sites or contracted with an organization to provide technical assistance.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2013. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the U. S. Department of Education on April 12, 2013. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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