Implementing Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)
Entries in this row combine information across all versions of PALS. Only PALS Infant meets HHS criteria for an evidence-based home visiting model. Some other versions of PALS have at least one manuscript about a high- or moderate-quality impact study, but no version of the model other than PALS Infant meets HHS criteria for an evidence-based home visiting model.
Model implementation summary last updated: 2019
The information in this implementation report reflects feedback, if provided, from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model(s) here may differ from how the model(s) was implemented in the manuscripts reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the HHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness. Please see the Effectiveness button on the left for more information about any research on the effectiveness of the model, including any version(s) of the model with effectiveness research. Versions of the model that are described in the Adaptations and enhancements section of this implementation report may include (1) versions that were identified by the model’s developer and (2) versions that have been implemented by researchers and have manuscripts that HomVEE rated high or moderate, but that are not supported by the model’s developer.
Training to support implementation
Requirements for program certification
Pre-service staff training
Staff at the Children’s Learning Institute provide required PALS training either at the Children's Learning Institute in Houston, Texas, or on-site at local implementing agencies. Training on either the PALS Infant or PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum is 2.5 days; combined training on both the PALS Infant and Toddler/Preschooler curricula lasts 5 days.
Staff implementing PALS must receive training and certification from the Children's Learning Institute. To achieve certification, parent coaches must be video recorded facilitating two full PALS sessions. Recordings should be submitted separately to staff at the Children’s Learning Institute for review and feedback. The parent coach must incorporate the suggestions provided and demonstrate improvement in their next video submission. Certification is granted when a parent coach demonstrates mastery of the scripted content and proficiency in conducting sessions. Staff obtain separate certification for the PALS Infant and the PALS Toddler/Preschooler curricula.
In-service staff training
The information contained on this page was last updated in October 2019. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Children’s Learning Institute in May 2019. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.