Roggman, L., Boyce, L. K., & Cook, G. (2009). Keeping kids on track: Impacts of a parenting-focused Early Head Start program on attachment security and cognitive development. Early Education & Development, 20(6) 920-941
Citation Year
Used in Implementation Reports
Study Participants

This study relies on data from a randomized controlled trial of 17 Early Head Start (EHS) programs that began in 1995, and focuses specifically on the outcomes of families in one of the 17 programs, located in Utah. This program served clients through a home-based option (EHS-HBO). The study randomly assigned 201 families either to receive EHS-HBO or a comparison condition. For this group, attachment security data were available for 160 children (83 in EHS-HBO and 77 in the comparison group). Among the parents of these children, 22 percent were racial or ethnic minorities, 20 percent had less than a high school education, 22 percent were employed, and 27 percent were receiving public assistance.


Bear River Early Head Start–Home-Based Option provided services to families in three rural counties in northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Home Visiting Services

EHS-HBO services are intended to be delivered to study families via weekly home visits.

Comparison Conditions

Control group families could not receive EHS-HBO services, but could receive other services available in their community.

Staff Characteristics and Training

Not specified

Author Affiliation

None of the study authors are developers of this model.

Funding Sources

Funder(s) not listed.

Citation short
Roggman, L., Boyce, L. K., & Cook, G. (2009)
Confounding Factors
Baseline Equivalence
Established on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
Not applicable
Screening Decision
Passes screens
Design Detail
Randomized controlled trial