Promoting First Relationships®—Home Visiting Promotion Model

Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2019

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

Promoting First Relationships (PFR)-Home Visiting Option is a version of PFR used with parents in the home. PFR can also be used one-on-one with parents in a health clinic and with child care providers and early childhood teachers responsible for group care. The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review is based on PFR-Home Visiting Option. PFR-Home Visiting Option seeks to promote children’s social-emotional development by helping parents read and understand children’s cues and the unmet needs behind challenging behaviors, and supporting parents’ use of sensitive and responsive caregiving behaviors. The model serves parents of children ages birth to 5 years. A trained home visitor video records the parent interacting with his or her child at home, and the home visitor and parent view and reflect on the recordings. In addition, PFR-Home Visiting Option provides parents with information, including handouts, on the social and emotional needs of young children, and strategies to meet these needs. PFR-Home Visiting Option is designed to provide weekly hour-long home visits for 10 to 14 weeks but can be extended based on a family’s needs. 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…
  …and at least one finding rated high
  …and at least one finding rated moderate (but none rated high)
  …and all findings that were eligible for review rated low
  …but manuscript is additional source2

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

This model has no manuscripts that report high- or moderate-rated findings and therefore does not meet HHS criteria for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.

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