Resource Toolkit for Home Visiting and other Early Childhood Professionals

Below you will find a variety of topics which you can explore. Our goal is provide current research and resources to support you in your role of supporting infants, toddlers, young children and their families and caregivers. Each will link you to resources related to that topic; articles, webinars, websites, books and face to face training opportunities. If you have resources that you would like us to post and share with other home visiting and family support professionals, please send those to hvtta@uwm.edu.

Abuse/Neglect and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Articles

Videos

Tools

  • Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean, NPR
  • The Prevention Board along with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin (PCAW), a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services have created a Prevention Month Toolkit to provide ideas for planning a local event.
  • NEAR Science toolkit- Home visitors knowledgeable about ACEs research are interested in bringing this information to families but worry about causing harm. The NEAR@Home Toolkit toolkit addresses these concerns and provide strategies for engaging parents in discussing and using the ACEs questionnaire in a safe, respectful, and effective way for both home visitor and family.
  • Long-term consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect fact sheets
  • Talking with Parents about Child Abuse.  This tip sheet, developed for child care providers, has information relevant to home visitors and other family support professionals.
  • Talking to a Child who has been Abused.  This tip sheet, developed for child care providers, has information relevant to home visitors and other family support professionals.

Websites

Assessment

Adult Mental Health

Professional Reading

Websites

Videos

Assessment

Prevalence

Fact Sheets

Resources

AODA/Home Visiting
Online Modules

  • Substance Use During Pregnancy (54 minutes)
    This tutorial provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of substance use among pregnant women in the United States, including the various factors that often contribute to substance abuse. It reviews the potential impact of prenatal exposure to various legal and illegal drugs on infant development and well-being. the tutorial also examines interventions for the prevention and treatment of drug use during pregnancy, from identification and education to individual and family based services. Interventions proven to promote the safety and well-being of affected newborns, such as family treatment drug courts and father involvement are also featured. Finally it explores relevant federal and state policies.
  • Home Visiting with Families Affected by Substance Abuse and/or HIV (57 minutes)
    This tutorial provides an introduction to the field of home visiting for those working with families facing these unique challenges. Viewers will acquire knowledge of the basic components of home visiting, such as scheduling visits, developing rapport.
  • UC Berkeley online tutorials

Professional Reading

Websites

Videos

Building Collaborations
Webinars

  • 5 Steps for Engaging and Maintaining Strong Partnerships, February 7, 2012
    Presenter: Katy White, MSW, Dare Mighty ThingsIn an era of shrinking budgets and dwindling resources, community partnerships can be the key to maintaining a thriving program. They aren’t always easy, though. This webinar will cover engaging new partners, creating realistic MOUs and mainiting partner relationships.

Professional Reading

Videos

Local Organizations

Child Health and Development

Activities

Fact Sheets

Articles

Online Training

PowerPoints

Resources to Share

Tools

  • The Well-Visit Planner is based on national recommendations for parents/guardians of children 4 months to 6 years old. This web tool will result in a personalized visit guide of questions and topics for a child’s next well-child visit.  This was developed as a project of The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and Oregon Health and Science University.  English and Spanish.

Videos

Websites

 

Subtopics

Immunizations

Children with special needs

  • Wisconsin First Step is an information and referral service hotline with phone and online chat forums and a resource directory to assist Wisconsin families and providers working with children and youth with special needs.
  • Family Voices of Wisconsin promotes family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Family Voices provides tools for families to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, forges partnerships with families and professionals, and serves as a health care resource.
  • Since early treatment can improve outcomes for children diagnosed with autism, Autism Speaks stresses the importance of learning early signs of autism. The site offers a helpful Video Glossary that is acceptable after a brief registration: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

Infant and Early Childhood Safety and Injury Prevention

  • Children’s Safety Network offers information on a wide variety of child injury prevention topics, with links to further resources.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provides Safe Sleep information in English and Spanish.
  • Safe Kids Wisconsin has information on child injury prevention programs and events, including statewide car seat check dates and links to resources such as the Safe Sleep Cribs for Kids.

Lead Prevention

Cultural Competence

Websites

Videos

Professional Reading

  • What Works for African American Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
    Authors: Bandy and Moore
    Identifies programs that do and do not work and intervention strategies that contribute to program success.
  • Working With the African American Father: The Forgotten Parent
    Authors: California Social Work Education Center
    includes objectives, agenda, and trainer and trainee
    materials to develop professional practice working with African-American
    father’s and address systemic biases.
  • Equity: Moving Toward Better Outcomes for all of Michigan’s Children
    Authors: FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
    Discusses the overrepresentation of children of color in
    the child welfare system in Michigan and presents recommendations for
    addressing this issue.
  • African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity
    Authors: McLoyd, Hill and Dodge
    Description: Perspectives on the cultural, economic, and community contexts of African-American family life.
  • African American Fathers and Their Involvement in the Child Welfare System
    Author: Pate
    In Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs. Explores the involvement of African-American fathers with their children in the child welfare system.
  • Assessing Behavioral and Emotional Strengths in Black Children: A Measure Designed by and for Blacks
    Authors: Lambert and Rowan
    Describes the development of the Behavior Assessment for Children of African Heritage (BACAH), a strengths-based instrument.
  • Implementing Culturally Competent Research Practices: Identifying
    Strengths of African-American Communities, Families, and Children
    Authors: Briscoe, Smith and McClain
    Methods and results of two research projects aimed at identifying strengths in African-American families and communities.
  • Recruiting and Retaining Older African-American and Hispanic Boys in After-School Programs
    Authors: Kauh
    Description: Presents strategies that may be effective for recruiting and retaining older minority boys in after-school programs. A literature review is included.
  • Caregivers’ Perspective on Cultural Competence
    Authors: Walker and Cook
    Caregivers’ views about the extent to which services and providers demonstrated respect for their beliefs and values.
  • Children of Color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse Youth
    Authors: Gibbs and Huang
    Culturally sensitive and competent assessment and treatment approaches for children and youth from different minority backgrounds who are experiencing psychological and behavioral problems.
  • Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners
    Author: Webb
    Reviews the parent-child relationships and caregiving practices of subgroups of various racial and ethnic groups, outlines ethical issues in socialw ork with culturally diverse children, and describes a frameowrk for culturally responsive practice.
  • Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: A Guide for Wokring with Children and Thier Families
    Authors: Lynch and Hanson
    Information on working with families and children with disabilities from specific cultrual, ethnnic, and language groups.
  • Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl?: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women
    Author: Jonetta Rose Barras
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
    Author: Anne Fadiman
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
    Author: Peggy McIntosh
  • Yesterday I Cried
    Author: Iyanla Vanzant.
    It’s her personal journey of surviving childhood abuse and domestic violence.
  • Understanding Our New Racial Reality Starts with the Unconscious
    Source: Greater Good – the Science of Meaningful Life
  • McK-V Inquirer: A newsletter of helpful tips & resources for serving children and youth experiencing homelessness found on the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners website. Scroll down to STATE RESOURCES and click on the issue you want to read.

Resources

Data Entry & Sharing

Webinars

  • 5 Steps for Engaging and Maintaining Strong Partnerships, February 7, 2012
    Presenter: Katy White, MSW, Dare Mighty ThingsIn an era of shrinking budgets and dwindling resources, community partnerships can be the key to maintaining a thriving program. They aren’t always easy, though. This webinar will cover engaging new partners, creating realistic MOUs and mainiting partner relationships.

Professional Reading

Videos

Local Organizations

Domestic Violence

Professional Reading

Learning Modules

  • Honor Our Voices
    A unique online learning module providing you with the opportunity to see domestic violence through the eyes and voices of children. The purpose of this learning module is to create a multi-pronged response to increase the awareness and sensitivity of shelter advocates and other social service providers to the needs of children and suggest promising ways of enhancing services for children exposed to domestic violence.
  • Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics

Resource Guides for Parents

  • Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet Series – The National Child Trauma Stress Network Domestic Violence Collaborative Group announces a new series of fact sheets created for parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. The set of 10 fact sheets gets to the heart of the experiences and needs of these children and families, and offers education in support of their resilience and recovery.

Websites

  • The Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels. It currently includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific resource centers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline aids victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day. Hotline advocates assist victims, and anyone calling on their behalf, by providing crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals to local service providers. The hotline receives more than 24,000 calls a month.  800-799-SAFE (7233)

 

  • End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, (formerly known as the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, mission is to promote social change that transforms societal attitudes, practices and policies to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, abuse and oppression. Their website includes resources access to services, economic justice, legal issues, public policy, outreach to underserved communities and more.
  • Futures Without Violence provides resources and training related to all aspects of violence, including webinars, resources on a continuum of topics related to violence, and downloadable articles/manuals.
  • Futures Without Violence also administers the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, funded by a grant from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, which serves as the nation’s clearinghouse for information on the health care response to domestic violence and provides training and technical assistance to thousands of people each year.  The HRC offers model strategies and tools to health professionals and domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) programs to address and prevent the chronic health issues and injuries associated with exposure to abuse.
  • The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health was established in 2005 with funding from the FVPSP. Its mission is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to IPV and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety and well-being.
  • State and national resources for domestic violence, includes a safety plan, national domestic violence hotline, state-by-state legal information, and more
  • Help for Abused and Battered Women provided by HELPGUIDE.org, a trusted guide to mental, emotional and social health through a partnership with Harvard University

Webinar

Engaging Families and Parent Leadership/Advocacy

Examples

Professional Readings

Toolkits

Videos

Webcasts

Websites

Ethics and Boundaries
Ethics and Boundaries

Health Insurance and Other Benefits

Resource

  • Handbooks for the Medicaid Targeted Case Management and Child Care coordination benefits can be accessed here.

Websites

Online Training

  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers a PNCC webcast training for new providers, however, the PNCC Handbook should be accessed online only to assure the most current benefit information.
  • Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace – A 30 minute, interactive training toolkit developed through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that describes the health care law, how it works, and why it is important for uninsured individuals with behavioral health conditions.
Home Visitor Safety
Professional Reading

PowerPoint

  • Home Visiting Safety, Home Visitation Leadership Advisory Coalition (HVLAC)
  • Home Visitor Safety, MIECHV Program Training Module. Adapted from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Family and Community Services: Social Worker Academy – Worker Safety

Videos and Training Modules

Knowing about Community Resources

Scavenger Hunt
An activity that can be done to help new staff learn about community resources is a “scavenger hunt”. New staff are given a list of community resources – ones that they would frequently come in contact with in the course of their duties – and are required to go there, get information, learn about the resource somehow. The whole day is spent doing this, at the end of the day they report back to ‘home base’ and the supervisor – it can be done with small groups because it is more fun than going by yourself. Great for new staff and interns. You could choose places such as WIC, the county, Salvation Army, housing, a food pantry. And maybe throw in a couple ‘fun things’ too – lunch at a park that would have a great playground for kids or music during the summer over lunch hour. It is a fun way for staff to get experience with resources – before taking a family there.

Parenting Support and Strategies

Articles

Videos

Websites

Subtopics

Reproductive Health

  • Up-to-date, consumer-friendly reproductive health information for families can be found at Besider.org

Breastfeeding

Tobacco

  • Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), TTY: 877-777-6534
  • Program/ resource: Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation has information for expecting and new mothers and health professionals on First Breath and smoking cessation.
  • Resource to share: You Quit, Two Quit gives facts about quitting and tips for panning to quit for families, as well as guidance for counseling women who smoke.

Crying

Poverty and Financial Capacity Building

Links

Webinars

  • Program Strategies to Improve Housing Stability for Vulnerable Families
    Presenter: Tanya Tull, ScD, President/CEO, Partnering for Change
    This presentation describes the evolution of the Housing First/Rapid Rehousing approach to ending and preventing family homelessness and the key components necessary to make it work. Challenges are identified and explored, as are options for overcoming barriers. The session will cover how to work with hosing authorities, nonprofit affordable housing developers, private market landlords and management compaines and “screening and assessment” tools to help determine appropriate services, financial assistance and housing types for families based on need.
Pregnancy and Maternal Health

Online Training

Professional Readings

Websites

Assessment

Professional Practice and Self-Care
Program Administration
Program Evaluation
Professional Reading

  • Replicating Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: A Frame work for Assessing Fidelity, 2010
    Author: Deborah Daro
    The third in a series of briefs on a cross-site evaluation of 17 programs adopting, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based home visitation programs. The article provides good ideas/examples of how a state or program can monitor and evaluate model fidelity.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook, 1998
    Author: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    Description: Handbook written for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of Kellogg Foundation-funded projects. “For project staff with evaluation experience, or for those inexperienced in evaluation but with the time and resources to learn
    more, this handbook provides enough basic information to allow project staff to conduct an evaluation without the assistance of an external evaluator.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide, 2004
    Author: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    Description: “Through this guide we hope to provide an orientation to the underlying principles and language of the program logic model so it can be effectively used in program planning, implementation, and dissemination of results.”
  • The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation, Second Edition, 2010
    Author: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
    Description: “This updated edition explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and
    families.”
  • Designing Evaluations, 2012 Revision
    Author: U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Description: “This methodology transfer paper addresses the logic of program evaluation designs. It introduces key issues in planning evaluation studies of federal programs to best meet decision makers’ needs while accounting for the constraints evaluators face. It describes
    different types of evaluations for answering varied questions about program performance, the process of designing evaluation studies, and key issues to consider toward ensuring overall study quality.”
  • How Nonprofits Can Use Data to Solve the World’s Problems, December 2012
    Author: Victor Luckerson
  • Authors: Allison J.R. Metz, Ph. D., Karen Blase, Ph. D., and Lillian Bowie, M.A.

Websites

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Other Evalaution Resources
    Purpose Statement: This page is a list of evaluation resources such as: program evaluation guides/manuals, manuals on specific evaluation steps (e.g., logic models, data collection methods), evaluation-related websites, key professional associations and journals.
  • MDRC, Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) Project Resources
    Purpose Statement: This page is a list of resources for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs (such as WI’s Family Foundations home visiting sites) on issues related to strengthening their evaluations of promising programs, developing and
    adapting data systems to facilitate tracking and reporting on federal benchmarks, and implementing quality improvement systems.
  • American Evaluation Association
    Purpose Statement: The Ameircan Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many oother forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7300 members representing all 50 states in the U.S. as well as over 60 foriegn countries.
  • Family Engagement and School Readiness Series: Sharing Data with Families
    The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) is pleased to offer the Family Engagement and School Readiness Series for 2014. This featured topic is Sharing Data with Families. When parents and staff talk about children’s progress, it helps promote children’s school readiness. Sharing data with families about children’s learning and development also provides a chance for parents and staff to build relationships. Parents and staff can use these resources in training and coaching to practice communicating about children’s learning and healthy development with families.

Face to Face

Research/Frameworks in Home Visiting
Professional Reading

Specific reports/articles:

Journals that often carry Home Visiting research articles:

Webinars

Websites

Face to Face

Videos

Substance Abuse
Reading Materials

Resources

Videos

  • The Recovery of Hope
    This video helps women explore the ramifications of their substance abuseduring pregnancy, as women share their personal stories.
Supervision/Reflective Supervision

Supervision

Online Learning

  • People-Centered Screening and Assessment is a collaboration between the MCWP and Lilly Irvin-Vitela (Common Worth, LLC.) These learning modules are designed to help strengthen the personal and organizational screening and assessment practices of home visitors, parent educators, family advocates, and supervisors. Each module includes resources and information about the screen or assessment, information about the issue that is the focus of the screen or assessment, suggestions for using the tools reflectively, and a quiz and quiz key that will allow users of the modules to measure progress with understanding the tools. Modules may also include tip sheets about the screening and assessment tool which can be used as a desk reference, videos, and additional resources/readings.

Professional Readings

Tip Sheets

A series of tip sheets was created for supervisors supporting staff around the implementation of various tools including the Abuse Assessment Screen (Domestic Violence), the Edinburgh (postpartum depression), the Childhood Experiences Survey, The HOME Inventory, and the Perceived Stress Scale. These are a must for supervisor if your program is using any of these tools.

Videos

Websites

  • Zero to Three
    Purpose Statement: Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers

Reflective Supervision

Articles

Tip and Tools

Videos

  • Reflective supervision: putting it into practice
    Date: 2011
    Presenter: HeadStart
    This webcast is designed to help you implement reflective supervision in your Early HeadStart, HeadStart, or MIgrant and Seasonal HeadStart program. The webcast features a mini-training with Early HeadStart practitioners led by Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, LCSW, Ph.D., a leading early childhood expert.

Websites

Trauma/Brain Development
Videos

  • Congressioanl Briefing: Elizabeth Hudson remarks
    Elizabeth Hudson addresses the mental health impact of violence and
    trauma on children. Elizabeth Hudson is a Trauma-Informed Care
    Consultant; University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and
    Public Health; Consultant to the Wisconsin Department of Health
    Sevrices.
  • Jill Botle Taylor’s Stroke of Insight
    Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists
    would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive
    stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one
    by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered
    every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us
    and connect us to the world and to one another.
  • First Impressions- Exposure to Violence and A Child’s Developing Brain
    This video illustrates the dangers of chronic exposure to violence on a
    child’s developing brain. Combining inspirational true-life stories and
    nationally recognized experts, participants are given the latest
    information on a child’s developmental risk if regularly exposed to
    domestic violence and other violent situations.

Text Resources

Mental Health, Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahome Home Visitor Training