Advancing Home Based Parenting Programs through the Use of Telehealth Technology

Objectives: Home-based parenting programs have demonstrated impact on the prevention of child maltreatment, promotion of child screening and health care, and increased school readiness. However, cost and time resources make access to home- based parenting programs limited. Telehealth delivery systems may help to fill this gap, reducing barriers and expanding the reach of home-based parenting programs.

Methods: This manuscript describes a pilot feasibility study focusing on model fidelity for delivering a home-based par- enting program (Parents as Teachers) via a university-based telehealth interactive video conferencing technology.

Results: Results indicate that the program was able to meet all fidelity measures related to supervision, training, and curriculum delivery. On average, families remained in the program for 5 months and received 11 personal visits, indicating that engagement via a computer mediated program is shorter but more intense than on-ground models.

Conclusion: Issues of recruitment and retention are described along with recommendations for using the continuum of care and social media to increase access to home based parenting programs services.

Parents as Teachers Co-Recipient of $1M Early Childhood Innovation Prize

On June 22, 2018, Parents as Teachers National Center had their virtual child development screening project selected as one of the Early Childhood Innovation Prize’s “Top Ideas” and will share in $1 million in prize funding from Gary Community Investments. The project was chosen from more than 570 submissions in 100 countries because of its potential to create breakthrough impact for children and families during their first three years of life.

Professor Dorian Traube receives Champion of Children award

Parents as Teachers @ USC Telehealth is so proud of our Program Director, Dorian Traube, PhD, who was awarded the "Champion for the Children" award from the Drew Child Development Corporation! Congratulations Dr. Traube! Thank you for being an advocate for children!

Promoting Family Engagement in Home Visiting: An Overview of Innovative Efforts

National Home Visiting Resource Center
Research suggests that engaging families in home visiting services is essential for achieving positive outcomes. Promoting family engagement is challenging for the field, however, and agencies use different measures to gauge success. This issue brief summarizes three initiatives designed to promote family engagement in home visiting.

Technology in Home Visiting: Strengthening Service Delivery and Professional Development Using Virtual Tools

National Home Visiting Resource Center
Home visiting programs face numerous barriers related to geography. Working in isolated areas may require home visitors to travel long distances between appointments or to wear multiple hats when communities have limited resources. Similarly, home visitors in rural areas may not have the same professional development opportunities as their peers. Rural counties accounted for half of counties served by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in fiscal year 2016. Families enrolled in home visiting may also move outside of a program’s service area, preventing the consistent delivery of services. MIECHV identified military families as a high-risk priority population due to frequent moves.

School launches virtual parent education program

Hamovitch PI
Home visitation is an increasingly popular approach to supporting new parents. e model brings a pro- fessionally trained parent educator into the home to deliver a curriculum focused on child development, parent–child interaction, positive parenting and school readiness.

Parents as teachers telehealth initiative

New America
The Parents as Teachers Telehealth Initiative (PATTI) is a pilot created in partnership between Parents as Teachers (PAT) and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. PATTI helps families build their knowledge of child development, including early language and literacy skills. Using an adapted parent education curriculum from PAT, home visitors are able to reach children and their families through video conferencing.

Partnership aims to aid underprivileged families

Daily Trojan
A USC-affiliated program is conducting a study that will help underserved families gain access to the resources they need for their children to be successful. The new program combines the national organization Parents as Teachers, which supports families with young children, with USC Telehealth, a virtual counseling and therapy clinic.

Parents as teachers launches home-visiting program with technology twist

Education Week
Parents as Teachers, a 32-year-old program that supports vulnerable families through regular face-to-face interactions with trained counselors, is launching a new pilot program in Los Angeles that will drop the "home" part of home visiting.
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