Early Steps to School Success™—Home Visiting
Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2019
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
Early Steps to School Success™ (Early Steps) is an early childhood development model that serves low-income families with children from birth until the child’s fifth birthday. The model provides twice-monthly home visits for children from birth until the child’s third birthday, parent support groups, referrals to center-based early childhood programs, a book bag exchange to supply families with children’s books, and transition to preschool and kindergarten support. The HomVEE review focuses on the home visiting component of the model (Early Steps-Home Visiting), including other activities facilitated by the home visitor, such as toddler storybook hours, parenting education groups, and family nights. Early Steps-Home Visiting strives to foster children’s school readiness skills, help parents support their children’s growth and development, and facilitate positive parent–school relationships. For more information, please read the Model Overview.