Implementing Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)

Entries in this row combine information across all versions of PALS. Only PALS Infant meets HHS criteria for an evidence-based home visiting model. Some other versions of PALS have at least one manuscript about a 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.

Implementation last updated: 2019

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

The PALS certification process occurs at the staff level, as opposed to the organizational or agency level. The Children’s Learning Institute requires parent coaches to participate in PALS trainings and become certified (described under Pre-Service Staff Training). Supervisors must attend PALS training but are not required to obtain certification.
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Pre-service staff training

Staff at the Children’s Learning Institute provide required PALS training either at the Children's Learning Institute in Houston, Texas, or on-site at local implementing agencies. Training on either the PALS Infant or PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum is 2.5 days; combined training on both the PALS Infant and Toddler/Preschooler curricula lasts 5 days.

Staff implementing PALS must receive training and certification from the Children's Learning Institute. To achieve certification, parent coaches must be video recorded facilitating two full PALS sessions. Recordings should be submitted separately to staff at the Children’s Learning Institute for review and feedback. The parent coach must incorporate the suggestions provided and demonstrate improvement in their next video submission. Certification is granted when a parent coach demonstrates mastery of the scripted content and proficiency in conducting sessions. Staff obtain separate certification for the PALS Infant and the PALS Toddler/Preschooler curricula.

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In-service staff training

The recommended weekly group supervision sessions serve as a forum for ongoing training of PALS content and coaching strategies. Ongoing training for supervisors is available from the Children's Learning Institute upon request.
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Training materials

Training materials, available from the Children's Learning Institute, are provided at the time of training.
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Qualified trainers

Qualified training staff at the Children’s Learning Institute provide PALS trainings. Training staff have a master’s degree or higher in early childhood or a related field and experience working with young children. In addition, training staff have received PALS training, been coached on the curriculum, and have been mentored by Children’s Learning Institute faculty on best practices, implementation challenges, and effective training techniques.
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Technical assistance

Ongoing consultation is available from the Children’s Learning Institute.
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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in October 2019. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Children’s Learning Institute on May 6, 2019. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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