Nurturing Parenting Programs (Birth to Age 5)

Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2011

In brief

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.

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Model description

The Nurturing Parenting Programs target families with children from the prenatal period to age 18 who are at risk for child abuse or neglect. There are five general Nurturing Parenting Programs that specifically target children during the prenatal period or from birth to age 5 and that can be delivered primarily in the home: (1) Nurturing Program for Prenatal Families; (2) Nurturing Program for Parents and their Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers; (3) Nurturing Program for Teen Parents and their Children; (4) Nurturing Skills for Families Program; and (5) Nurturing Skills for Teen Parents Program. In all five programs, home visitors engage in activities to promote positive parenting skills, self-nurturing, and child brain development. Depending on the model selected, the home-based-only model for adult and teen parents and their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers contains up to 55 home sessions each lasting 1.5 hours. The home-based programs have been adapted for several special populations, including military families, Hispanic families, and families with children with special needs and health challenges. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of evidence

Results of search and review
Number of manuscripts
At least one finding was eligible for review…
1
  …and at least one finding rated high
0
  …and at least one finding rated moderate (but none rated high)
0
  …and all findings that were eligible for review rated low
1
  …but manuscript is additional source1
0

For more information, see the research database. For more information on the criteria used to rate research, please see details of HomVEE’s methods and standards.

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Summary of findings

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Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Information based on comprehensive review of all high- and moderate-rated manuscripts
CriterionCriterion descriptionCriterion met?
1High- or moderate-quality impact study?No
2Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in at least two outcome domains within one sample OR the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?Not applicable
3Favorable impacts on full sample?Not applicable
4Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?
Reported for all research but only required for RCTs.
Not applicable
5One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?
Reported for all research but only required for RCTs.
Not applicable

Notes: If the model does not meet criterion 3 but meets criteria 1 and 2 based on findings from subgroups, the impacts must be replicated in the same domain in two or more studies using non-overlapping analytic study samples. HomVEE assesses and reports criteria 4 and 5 for all models that have well-designed research, but meeting those two criteria is only required of models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials. Please read the HHS criteria for evidence-based models for more information.

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