Home-Start Theoretical Model


Home-Start believes that all children should have the support they need to develop and thrive. Through semi-formal, volunteer-led home visits, the program is designed to provide families with support, friendship, and practical help. The goal is to increase parents’ confidence and foster the parenting, budgetary, and life skills necessary for positive outcomes for their children.

The Home-Start model is based on the following theory of change (Sameroff & Fiese, 2000):

  • Parents’ well-being is enhanced when families are provided structured, supervised social support;
  • This leads to increased feelings of parental self-competence;
  • Parental behavior becomes more adaptive and child behavior improves.