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

Online Training

  • Marks that Matter, Sentinel Injuries, and Other Opportunities for Child Abuse Prevention is a 25-minute module that will teach you about marks that matter and sentinel injuries, including why they are significant, who is at risk, and what to do if you suspect abuse. It is intended for childcare workers, child welfare workers, family support staff, and home visitors, but any person working with children will find it a useful tool.  This module can be viewed on your computer or mobile device.

Reports

Videos

Safety Tips

Tools

Websites

Assessment

Adult Mental Health

Professional Reading

Online Training

Websites

Videos

Assessment

Prevalence

Fact Sheets

Resources

Advocacy

Articles

Instructional

Talking Points

  • HV Talking Point – Home visitors can advocate for their roles and their programs as concerned citizens, during their own private time. You can use this document to help policy-makers understand the value of home visiting and your role
  • Value of PD Talking Points – Professional development helps family support professionals feel more confident and competent in their roles.

Websites

AODA/Home Visiting
Online Modules

  • Relationships Matter!  Learn what professionals need to know about the role of relationships in the lives of women with mental health and substance use issues.  Transcripts, slides and audio recordings of the 2017 SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) webinars available. Online registration for these tutorials required. Tutorials are free to earn a Certificate of Completion, fee of $7.50 to earn NAADAC or NBCC CE units.
  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) – U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals.    This free tutorial requires online registration with the NCSACW.

Professional Reading

Websites

  • My Baby and Me  https://www.wwhf.org/mybabyandme/  A free program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, to help Wisconsin women achieve a healthy and alcohol-free pregnancy through screenings, research-based education, phone counseling and text message support.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. CDC’s webpage that defines Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and provides facts, causes, signs, diagnosis and treatment information.  Headings on this web page include:  Research and Tracking, Data and Statistics, Free Materials, Alcohol Use During Pregnancy, Education and Training, Articles, Multimedia and Tools, and Information for Specific Groups. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

Videos

Building Collaborations

Professional Reading

Videos

Local Organizations

Child Development

Apps and Activities

  • ASQ activities
  • Head Start Go Smart offers physical activity suggestions and resources, arranged by age of the child, beginning at birth.
  • Milestone Tracker Mobile App, Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!
  • Text4Baby. The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition supports Text4baby, a free mobile text messaging service that provides moms-to-be, new moms and family members with information to help them care for themselves and their baby throughout pregnancy and the baby’s first year.
  • Vroom This practical app helps parents to help their babies brains grow during their regular daily routines!  Using the science of early learning, this app acknowledges parents as their child’s #1 brain builder, helping turn ordinary or fussy times into fun shared moments.
  • Sesame Street Fun Games for Kids Parents can use these free online educational games, videos and coloring activities for preschoolers.
  • Sesame Streets’ Healthy Habits for Life – We Have the Moves,  This resource contains fun-filled activities to help build physical activity into everyday moments. Parents will find physical activities that require minimal time and equipment; activities for both large and small spaces and groups; fun and easy ways to add more active play into everyday routines; and ways to link movement to different developmental areas.
  • Activities for Babies on Pinterest 
  • Preschool Games on Pinterest.
  • Parents Magazine Educational Games for elementary school children.
  • Breathe, Think, Do mindfulness app from Sesame Street.  This free app helps teach young children, ages 2 – 5, problem-solving, self-control, planning and task persistence. Available for iOS  and Android  
  • Calm free meditation app focuses on meditation, relaxation and sleep.  Their “sleep stories” function tells tales to help users fall asleep easier. There’s also a section for “Calm Kids” that parents may enjoy, as well!  Available for iOS and Android

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

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
Child Health and Safety

Immunizations

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.
  • Car Seats:  Information for Families.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Car Seats and Booster Seats helps parents find and provides information on how to select a car seat, based on a child’s age and size.  It includes ease-of-use ratings that lets parents compare seats to find the right one for their child.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Car Seat Safety webpage, includes information on car seat clinics, laws and best practices and fact sheets in English and Spanish.

Hearing and Vision

Lead Prevention

Safe Sleep

Online Training

  • Marks that Matter, Sentinel Injuries, and Other Opportunities for Child Abuse Prevention is a 25-minute module that will teach you about marks that matter and sentinel injuries, including why they are significant, who is at risk, and what to do if you suspect abuse. It is intended for childcare workers, child welfare workers, family support staff, and home visitors, but any person working with children will find it a useful tool.  This module can be viewed on your computer or mobile device.
Cultural Competence

Websites

  • Adoption
  • Mental Health Services
  • Services
  • Children’s Bureau Express
  • National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University.  The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.
  • The Cross Cultural Health Care Program offers a Cultural Competence Resource Guide for health and social service providers.
  • University of Kansas Community Health and Development Center’s Community Toolbox, Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World, features 11 topics related to Culture and Diversity.
  • African American Lives Today, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Harvard School of Public Health.  Find research data from a national survey examining African-Americans’ views on their personal and family lives, community, experiences of discrimination and financial situations.  There are links to research on health issues faced by African-Americans in our country.

Videos

Online Training Resources

  • Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity offers monthly online training events.  For a calendar of online training events, check out the Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development (CHILD).
  • 5 Diversity Modules include a General Diversity Module, Amish Culture, Hispanic Culture, Hmong Culture and Native American Culture for general audiences and adapted modules for clinical providers from the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, UW Lacrosse.
  • 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.

Professional Reading

Resources

  • Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations This 2017 resource guide identifies easily accessible resources on cultural competency that organizations can use to become more responsive to the needs of their targeted populations, and to help attract funds to support their important work.
  • Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). Administrators, teachers, caregivers, and families can use these resources to help ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services for all children birth to 5. These resources can also help staff provide high quality services for children who are dual language learners (DLLs). Programs can promote positive experiences for DLLs by holding high expectations. They can also emphasize children’s cultural and linguistic strengths.
  • Head Start’s ECLKC Family Engagement webpage, which includes the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework, Boosting School Readiness through Family Engagement (simulation series), Engaging and Goal-Setting with Families, and the Family Engagement Family, Language and Literacy webinar series.  https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/family-engagement
Domestic Violence

Advocacy

  • Survivors of Domestic Violence May Enroll in Health Care at ANY TIME Health centers and domestic and sexual violence advocacy organizations can partner to support survivor health and prevent violence. Through cross-trainings and warm referrals, providers and advocates are able to provide comprehensive coordinated care for survivors and their families.
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence Take Action NNEDV asks advocates and allies to contact Congress at key times to influence legislation and funding for domestic violence programs.  NNEDV will ask you to make phone calls, send an email or take action on social media sites.  Taking a few minutes to contact your elected officials can mean a world of difference to a survivor of domestic violence.

Professional Reading

Learning Modules

  • Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics
  • DVeducation.ca, sponsored by Women’s College Hospital, Canada, has learning modules targeting health care professionals and others can benefit from the information, as well.  You must register to access the free modules.  Embed link in title. 
  • How Much Do you Know About Stalking? Quiz from the Stalking Resource Center of the Nat’l Center for Victims of Crime, from the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Embed link in title of quiz.
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse:  Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence This online course covers the legal, medical and social science aspects of intimate partner sexual abuse. It is focused on judges but is also intended for a multidisciplinary audience including court personnel. You can treat this website as a course and take it straight through or as a resource, accessing the background resources, modules, developing issues, recommendations and case studies on an as-needed basis.  Registration is required for the free modules, developed by the National Judicial Education Program of Legal Momentum.
  • See the Signs: Speak Out Free bystander training programs available from a partnership of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, JWI, No More and Avon Foundation.  Be an Upstander, learn how to Recognize, Respond and Act. Check out these free online modules, available in English and Spanish, with registration.

Resources 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.
  • Resources for Families What do kids need?  Find Best Practices for serving children, youth and parents experiencing domestic violence.
  • The Childhelp National Abuse Hotline  is available 24 hrs. a day, every day of the year.  All calls are anonymous and toll-free.  Communication is available in 170 languages.  Downloadable resources, related to safety plans, dealing with difficult behavior words of encouragement for children and more, are also available.

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 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.
  • For almost two decades, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (The Center)  has supported health care professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Family & Youth Service Bureau, funds the Center. Embed link in italicized name.
  • 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
  • National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center The Mission of NIWRC is to support culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and to provide national leadership to ending gender-based violence in Indigenous communities through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance, and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty. Access educational and advocacy resources on this website.
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
  • Youth.gov Victims of teen dating violence often keep the abuse a secret. They should be encouraged to reach out to trusted adults like parents, teachers, school counselors, youth advisors, or health care providers. They can also seek confidential counsel and advice from professionally trained adults and peers.  Find resources for teens involved in abusive relationships here.

Toolkit

  • Transitional Housing Toolkit This toolkit is meant to provide transitional housing providers with easy access to information and resources to enhance services to survivors. The information provided here addresses frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance.

Webinar

  • Domestic Violence Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahoma Home Visitor Training. Enter ‘Oklahoma Home Visitor Training, Domestic Violence webinar’ in website’s search bar to gain access to the training.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahoma Home Visitor Training. August 2008 – Prevention Webinar presented by the Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect’ in website’s search bar to access webinar
Engaging Families

Professional Readings

Online Training

  • Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement Series, “What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family. Four different simulations provide strategies and opportunities for you to practice skills to build bonds with families, help families develop and set goals, explore strength-based attitudes during challenging times, and have conversations about developmental concerns.  Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, U.S. Dept. of Health Services

Recognition

Toolkits

  • Resources including Public Service Announcements, media strategies and talking points are available by clicking the link to the Parents Anonymous NPLM toolkit.

Videos

Early Intervention Video Library “This video library is designed to be a central resource for EI videos which can be used for professional development, preservice preparation, public awareness, and individual study. These videos address a variety of topics and represent EI as provided in a variety of states. All videos embedded in this site are available as free resources.”

Ethics and Boundaries
Ethics and Boundaries

Professional Reading

Financial Capacity Building

Resources

  • Financial Literacy Resource Directory provides information on financial literacy resources, issues and events that are important to bankers, organizations, and consumers of all ages. The directory includes descriptions and contact information for a sampling of organizations that have undertaken financial literacy initiatives as a primary mission, government programs, fact sheets, newsletters, conference materials, publications, and links to Web sites. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • MyMoney.gov contains information, games and fun facts related to money, saving and planning for youth; curricula, tip sheets, lesson plans, guidance and helpful tools for teaching financial capability for teachers/educators; and a clearinghouse of federally-funded research reports, datasets, and articles on financial capability and related topics for researchers/other professionals.
  • AARCRAO.org offers information that helps protect military families from predatory lending and promotes postsecondary education attainment through programs  provided within the federal government and through professional and not-profit organizations. 
Health Insurance and Other Benefits

Resources

Websites

  • Covering Kids Wisconsin The Covering Kids & Families initiative seeks to enroll eligible, uninsured children and adults in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
  • Prenatal Care Coordination is a Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby.
  • Covering Wisconsin, Their mission is to connect residents with and promote effective use of insurance coverage and other programs that support health. The site includes How to Sheets, Find Local Help, Help Using Health Insurance, tips for applying for Medicare, BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid) and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • IPV Health. IPV Health cultivates partnerships between health care providers and domestic violence advocates to promote survivor’s health and safety.

Online Training

  • 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

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

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

Parent Leadership

Articles

Professional Reading

Toolkit

Websites

  • Parents Anonymous
  • WI FACETS, Parent Leader Program works to develop leadership skills among parents, professionals, and others who support children with disabilities. Leadership skills are taught in a variety of ways and always with respect to adult learning styles.

Webcasts

Poverty and Financial Capacity Building

Articles

Links

  • National Human Services Assembly The HSA’s mission is “To strengthen health and human services in the United States through the active involvement and leadership of its members”, which is comprised of over 55 of the largest national nonprofit human service organizations and local service networks that collectively touch, or are touched by, nearly every household in America—as consumers, donors, or volunteers.
  •  9 Ways to Reduce Poverty, from PBS’s Raising of America:  Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation. 

Professional Reading

  • American Psychological Association’s journal, Monitor on Psychology, July/Aug. 2015 cover story, Fighting Poverty.  New research is finding ways to help people overcome poverty and avoid the mental and physical health problems associated with low socioeconomic status.
  • Policies to Address Poverty in America, the Hamilton Project, Brookings Institute, 2014.
  • How to Reduce Poverty in the United States, University for Poverty Research, UC Davis, 2015.
  • VISTA Campus, Poverty in America. Learn about how poverty is measured in the United States and what you can learn from looking at national data. This tutorial is based on the work of Dr. Stephen Pimpare, author of A People’s History of Poverty in America.

Reports/Statistics

  • United States Census Bureau’s Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015. This report presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States based on information collected in the 2016 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • United States Census Bureau’s Poverty Data, provides poverty data from several household surveys and programs. Here you can find poverty estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs.
  • Wisconsin Poverty Report: 2017, the ninth annual report from the Wisconsin Poverty Project, Institute for the Research on Poverty, UW Madison.  (create link to attachment)

Resources

Tools for Professionals

  • Building a New Narrative on Human Services Toolkit includes talking points, tips for professionals looking to increase their comfort level with communicating within a new framework, FAQs, and background information on the research informing the reframing recommendations. 
  • Your Money, Your Goals is a financial empowerment toolkit designed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The toolkit helps organizations understand when and how to introduce to clients’ financial empowerment concepts such as goal- setting, saving for emergencies, managing debts, understanding credit, and choosing safe and affordable financial products. English | Spanish

Websites

  • National Human Services Directory (NHSA) is comprised of over 55 of the largest national nonprofit human service organizations. In aggregate, members and their affiliates and local service networks collectively touch, or are touched by, nearly every household in America—as consumers, donors, or volunteers.  NHSA staffs four different initiatives through which leaders can work together to improve family stability and well-being.  
  • Head Starts’ Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Family Support and Well-Being webpage offers an interactive learning series:  Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness, an article on Family Well-Being, information on Earned income Tax Credit, and the Building Foundations for Economic Mobility webinar series. 
Pregnancy and Maternal Health

Online Training

Professional Readings

Websites

Assessment

Professional Practices and Skills for Working with Families

 

Competencies and Best Practices

 

Websites

  • The National Family Support Network’s Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support were issued by the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks (CNFSN) in 2012, and adopted by the National Family Support Network in 2013. They are the first and only standards in the country to integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Frameworks and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors. The vision is that their implementation will help ensure that families are supported and strengthened through quality practice.

For Supervisors

  • Home Visitors’ Supervisors Handbook, Head Start: This interactive Handbook is designed to support the important work supervisors do and to help them do it well. It provides information about the Early Head Start home-based option, strategies for best practices, video examples for reflection, and resources related supervisor role. It addresses hiring qualified staff, professional development, reflective supervision, supervising home visits and socializations, dealing with challenges in supervision, program management and continuous improvement, and “nurturing the nurturers”—taking care of home visitors and yourself.

Professional Development

  • UW Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Home Visiting Training Descriptions is a list of all our trainings offered on a regular basis.  It includes workshop descriptions, target audience, learning objectives, workshop prerequisites, and identified competencies for the Wisconsin Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children & Their Families and the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® Competencies.

Professional Reading

Professional Tools

Training

Program Administration
Tools

Federally Recognized Evidenced-Based Home Visiting Models

Professional Reading

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.
  • The 2017 W. K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook is designed for people with little or no experience with formal evaluation, making evaluation practices accessible to grantees, nonprofits and community leaders.
  • 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
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Home Visiting:  Improving Outcomes for Children (4/26/2018) 
  • Using Data to Measure Performance of Home Visiting explores a new framework for assessing effectiveness of home visiting programs. (2015)

Tools

  • A Framework for Program Evaluation:  A Gateway to Tools provides a synthesis of existing best practices and a set of standards that can be applied in almost any setting.  It provides a stable guide to design and conduct a wide range of evaluation efforts in a variety of specific program areas, made available through the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas – Community Toolbox.
  • An Introduction to Evidence-based Programming is an implementation resource guide for social service programs provided by the Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

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.
  • National Home Visiting Resource Center, Data Supplement, 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, compiles key data on early childhood home visiting featuring 2016 data.

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

Self-Care
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
Online Training

  •  Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children and their Families.   “This five module tutorial, from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, addresses the effects of trauma on young children and their families, healing and recovery, resources, publications and interventions for childhood mental health consultants and family support professionals.” https://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/trauma/index.html
  • National Child Trauma Academy.  Offers certification in the Neurosequential Model (NMT) approach; a developmentally informed, biologically respectful approach to working with at-risk children. The NMT is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning.  The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family and professionals best meet the needs of the child.  http://childtrauma.org/nmt-model/

Videos

  • Congressional 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.
  • How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (16:03) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease.
  • The Paradox of Trauma (12:23) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFdn9479U3s Dr. Vicky Kelly, psychotherapist, administrator, and consultant is also a nationally known trainer in the areas of trauma and attachment. The common thread across her career has been helping victims of trauma heal. She has been an early advocate for human services to adopt “trauma-informed care,” an approach that calls for a focus not just on someone’s behavior, but, more importantly, on what drives behavior.
  • How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence? (15:54) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0kV7JtWiE Adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect as well as witnessing family violence, addiction or mental health episodes in the household. Evidence on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences is presented-to give a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Research is presented which demonstrates a direct link between the level of adversity in childhood and worse outcomes in adulthood related to health, addiction, imprisonment, education and life success and evidence from the field of neuroscience, which explains this link. Ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity and support victims are presented

Text Resources

  • The Center for the Developing Child
    Short PDF article regarding Early Childhood Mental Health
  • A series of information and online videos and tutorials from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.
  • Creating a Culture of Care
    This toolkit is the result of the STARS project trauma-informed care project, sponsored by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services (2011). The toolkit can be used across human service settings and was developed broadly for this purpose.
  • Creating a Trauma Informed HV Program Issue Brief. This issue brief features useful strategies for implementing trauma-informed care in home visiting programs and the section Snapshots of Success From the Field: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Home Visiting, highlights Wisconsin home visiting programs.”
  • Creating a Culture of Care. “This toolkit is the result of the STARS project trauma-informed care project, sponsored by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services (2011).  The toolkit can be used across human service settings and was developed broadly for this purpose. “