Early head start home visitation: The role of implementation in bolstering program benefits

Brenda Jones Harden, Rachel Chazan-Cohen, Helen Raikes, Cheri Vogel

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Abstract

Home visitation has emerged as a key strategy for promoting child and family well-being in the current policy context. This article examines the effectiveness of the Early Head Start (EHS) home-based program for children and families at the end of the program and 2 years later, with a particular focus on the role of program implementation in the impacts of the EHS home-based program on child and family outcomes. There was a pattern of broad, modest effects of EHS home visiting for both children and parents, which were strengthened if the programs were fully implemented according to federal guidelines. In particular, impacts for children in the cognitive and language domain were documented. Implications of these findings for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-455
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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