|Details From the State of Illinois
|Parents as Teachers
The goal of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent educators conduct the home visits using the PAT Foundational Curriculum and Model Implementation Guide. Local sites offer 10 to
The Baby TALK Mission is to positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.
This is accomplished by: 1. Engaging others in the community who support young families, 2. Casting a net over your targeted population includes going where parents and children already are. 3. Learning about families guides professionals to affirm parent and child strengths and to strategize with parents about how to address
|Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America (HFA) helps families manage life’s challenges by building on their strengths. Local programs select the target population they plan to serve, including single parents or families with low income, substance abuse or domestic violence. The program offers weekly home visits, beginning prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth and continuing through the first three to five years of life. HFA also offers screenings and assessments and may include parent support groups, father involvement programs, and job training.
|Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) targets low-income pregnant women and families with children from birth through age 3 who are at or below the federal poverty level or are eligible for Part C services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The program focuses on providing high quality, flexible and culturally competent child development and parent support services with an emphasis on the role of the parent as the child’s first, and most important, relationship. EHS programs include home- or center-based services, a combination of home- and center-based programs, and family child care services (services provided in child care in home-based settings). EHS home-based services include (1) weekly 90-minute home visits and (2) two group socialization activities per month for parents and their children.
|Nurse Family Partnership
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is designed for first-time, low-income mothers and their children. It includes one-on-one home visits by a trained public health registered nurse to participating clients. The visits begin early in the woman’s pregnancy (with program enrollment no later than the 28th week of gestation) and conclude when the woman’s child turns 2 years old. During visits, nurses work to reinforce maternal behaviors that are consistent with program goals and that encourage positive behaviors and accomplishments. Topics of the visits include prenatal care; caring for an infant; and encouraging the emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children.
A program model which has been validated through research and found to be effective in achieving the goals of the Prevention Initiative with a high-risk population.