Implementing ParentChild+® Core Model

Implementation last updated: 2019

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Training to support implementation

Requirements for program certification

The National Center supports communities interested in establishing a ParentChild+ Core Model replication site by helping the community assess its needs, determine the target population, and identify potential implementing agencies and funding sources to support implementation of the model. The identified implementing agency develops an implementation plan and signs a replication agreement with the National Center, which grants the site provisional status to begin start-up activities.

Once the program site’s first cohort of families has completed the program (completed all 92 home visits), the site certification process begins. The program site completes a survey that addresses its funding status, expansion goals, and sponsoring agency support. The National Center reviews the survey and verifies that the data the program site has submitted meets requirements. Then, a staff member from the National Center visits the program site, reviews site and family files and curriculum materials, observes a staff meeting, and meets with the site coordinator, home visitors, and agency leaders to discuss both successes and challenges within the local context. Videos of home visits are also reviewed. If all these items meet the criteria of the National Center, the site is recognized as an official ParentChild+ Core Model replication site.

Regular site re-certifications occur every four years, or more frequently if there have been major changes in staff, population, size, or the sponsoring agency. Ongoing assessments based upon annual reports, documents, and MIS data determine whether a ParentChild+ Core Model site may continue to operate as an authentic replication site, using the ParentChild+ name and its copyrighted materials.

Local program sites are certified by the National Center based on adherence to ParentChild+ Core Model guidelines (including adequate record-keeping and supervision), the key elements set forth by the National Center, and the principles on which the ParentChild+ Core Model was founded.

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Pre-service staff training

Home visitors must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of training provided by the site coordinator before beginning home visits. The training covers the social-emotional and cognitive curriculum and is designed to teach home visitors to model how parents can support their children’s cognitive and social-emotional development while reading, playing, and talking with their children. Other topics covered include child development (both typical and atypical), relationship-building, components of early literacy, cultural competency, ethics and privacy, and child abuse and neglect.

The National Center requires that ParentChild+ Core Model site coordinators participate in an initial three-day training institute provided by the National Center, and a one-day follow-up training within the first year of implementation. The training institute covers model theory, implementation, best practices, administration, supervision, training exercises, assessment, and evaluation. Training in the web-based MIS is provided via webinar following the initial training. The follow-up training emphasizes reflective supervision and cultural competence. After successfully completing the training, the new site coordinator is certified to implement an official ParentChild+ Core Model site.

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In-service staff training

Home visitors must receive a minimum of 46 hours annually of supervision and in-service training provided by site coordinators during weekly group staff meetings. During the meetings, site coordinators provide professional development for home visitors through trainings on a wide variety of topics.

The ParentChild+ Annual Conference is an additional opportunity for site coordinators and home visitors to attend sessions specially designed for them, network with others implementing the ParentChild+ Core Model in communities across the country, and further their professional development.

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Training materials

As part of the training, ParentChild+ Core Model site coordinators receive a training and implementation toolkit that includes informational materials, research-validated assessment instruments, all required administrative forms, training manuals and videos for both site coordinators and home visitors, and materials the site coordinators need to train and supervise their home visitors locally. The training materials are exclusively for the use of local program sites that are replicating the ParentChild+ Core Model.
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Qualified trainers

The National Center-certified trainers provide all training to ParentChild+ Core Model site coordinators. Following training by the National Center, site coordinators provide training for home visitors.
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Technical assistance

The ParentChild+ National Center provides technical assistance to communities planning to start a replication site and to all ParentChild+ Core Model replications. Technical assistance includes supporting efforts to start, sustain, and expand ParentChild+ Core Model replication sites; providing new and updated materials, including a website and online materials, newsletters, brochures, and research summaries; maintaining the web-based MIS to which all sites have secure access; overseeing and coordinating research and evaluation activities; and participating in community outreach, government relations, and media efforts, including working with government officials and private funders to identify funding sources for replication sites.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in August 2019. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by The Parent-Child Home Program National Center on February 7, 2019. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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