Parents as Teachers
The overarching philosophy of Parents as Teachers is to provide parents with the information, support, and encouragement they need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Parents as Teachers supports two programs: Born to Learn, a four-part intervention model for home visits and developmental screenings; and Meld, a model for facilitated parent education and support groups. The following resources offer information on the Parents as Teachers program and its effectiveness.
Parents as Teachers National Center
Coordinates and supports a nationwide network of programs implementing the Born to Learn and Meld models. The National Center advocates for positive policies for young families and offers professional development opportunities.
Parents as Teachers
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides a brief program model description, a review of studies, evidence of effectiveness, and a summary of findings by outcome domain.
Change Agents: Home Visitation Programs Are Expanding Nationally to Help Parents Play Greater Roles During Their Children's Earliest Years
Children's Voice, 16(1), 2007
Highlights strategies used by the Parents as Teachers program to coach parents with children age 5 or younger on how to interact with and promote their children's development.
Engaging Fathers in the Home Visiting Model (PDF - 200 KB)
Discusses how a program in Rhode Island using the Parents as Teachers home-visiting model was able to successfully engage fathers.
Father Friendly Check-Up for Parents as Teachers
National Fatherhood Initiative (2007)
Helps Parents as Teachers programs assess the degree to which their operations and activities encourage father involvement.
Future Research Directions for the Parents as Teachers Program: Final Report of the Scientific Advisory Committee (PDF - 251 KB)
Parents as Teachers National Center (2003)
Presents recommendations to improve the framework and rigor of Parents as Teachers evaluations. The report suggests research should focus on the precursors of child abuse and neglect, including parents' positive discipline practices, parent-child interaction, and parent expectations for child behavior.
Increasing Low-Income Fathers' Involvement in Home Visiting Programs (PDF - 290 KB)
Wakabayashi, Guskin, Watson, McGilly, & Klinger (2011)
Offers an excerpt from the report The Parents as Teachers Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project: Evaluation of "Dads in the Mix," an Exemplary Site highlights the authors' findings from their evaluation of the program.
Relationships Between Low-Income African American Mothers and Their Home Visitors: A Parents as Teachers Program
Woolfolk & Unger
Family Relations, 58(2), 2009
Examines the focus of home visits in relation to the mother's perception of home visiting services and her parenting needs. The report discusses ways to enhance the responsiveness of home visiting programs and conduct program evaluations that better assess the context of diverse parent-home visitor relationships.