LeCroy & Milligan Associates’ Partnership with Parents as Teachers National Center

LeCroy & Milligan Associates has been working in partnership with the Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC), located in St. Louis, MO, since 2017. The Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting program is an evidence-based parent education and family engagement model serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Families receive home visits from certified parent educators; group meetings; developmental, health, hearing and vision screenings; and linkages with community resources. The model has four goals: (1) to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices; (2) provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues; (3) prevent child abuse and neglect; and (4) increase children’s school readiness and school success.

LeCroy & Milligan Associates evaluation team has conducted several rigorous studies for PATNC with Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon affiliate sites, to help build the evidence base for the PAT home visitation program model. These studies include:

•A quasi-experimental study to estimate the program effect of the PAT home visiting intervention on academic outcomes of Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students who participated in the program, relative to a comparison group of SUSD students who did not participate in the PAT program;
•A process and outcomes study evaluating the PAT home visiting intervention as implemented by the Normandy Program affiliate in St. Louis, MO; and
•A longitudinal randomized control trial of four PAT affiliate sites in Arizona.

LeCroy & Milligan Associates staff attended the PATNC International Conference in Phoenix, AZ from 10/8/2018 – 10/12/2018, and gave four workshop presentations on our evaluation work with PAT programs. We hosted an exhibit table that featured our evaluation work with PAT and other home visiting programs and showcased the Healthy Families Parenting Inventory (HFPI) Instrument and Score Sheet, User Manual, Tip Sheets, and training opportunities. The HFPI is a valid and reliable outcome measure and is one of the few outcome instruments approved by the PATNC for use by affiliate programs. The HFPI was developed by LeCroy & Milligan Associates to examine change in nine parenting domains: home environment, role satisfaction, parent/child interaction, parenting efficacy, depression, social support, problem solving, personal care, and mobilizing resources. This tool may also be used clinically by home visitors to develop focused interventions that address family strengths and critical needs.

LeCroy & Milligan Associate’s Senior Evaluation Associate, Michele Schmidt, MPA, and Research and Innovations Manager, Katie Haverly, MS, were invited by the Intentional Partnerships Podcast co-host Michael Hall of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, to be guest speakers on the podcast, recorded live at the PATNC International Conference on 10/11/2018. In this podcast, we talk about our work with PATNC, recent studies with PAT affiliates, and the HFPI Instrument, User Manual, and Tip Sheets, and how PAT programs are using it as an outcomes measure and a clinical tool. Click to listen to the Intentional Partnership’s Podcart Chat.

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LeCroy & Milligan Associates’ Partnership with Parents as Teachers National Center

LeCroy & Milligan Associates has been working in partnership with the Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC), located in St. Louis, MO, since 2017. The Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting program is an evidence-based parent education and family engagement model serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Families receive home visits from certified parent educators; group meetings; developmental, health, hearing and vision screenings; and linkages with community resources. The model has four goals: (1) to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices; (2) provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues; (3) prevent child abuse and neglect; and (4) increase children’s school readiness and school success.

LeCroy & Milligan Associates evaluation team has conducted several rigorous studies for PATNC with Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon affiliate sites, to help build the evidence base for the PAT home visitation program model. These studies include:

•A quasi-experimental study to estimate the program effect of the PAT home visiting intervention on academic outcomes of Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students who participated in the program, relative to a comparison group of SUSD students who did not participate in the PAT program;
•A process and outcomes study evaluating the PAT home visiting intervention as implemented by the Normandy Program affiliate in St. Louis, MO; and
•A longitudinal randomized control trial of four PAT affiliate sites in Arizona.

LeCroy & Milligan Associates staff attended the PATNC International Conference in Phoenix, AZ from 10/8/2018 – 10/12/2018, and gave four workshop presentations on our evaluation work with PAT programs. We hosted an exhibit table that featured our evaluation work with PAT and other home visiting programs and showcased the Healthy Families Parenting Inventory (HFPI) Instrument and Score Sheet, User Manual, Tip Sheets, and training opportunities. The HFPI is a valid and reliable outcome measure and is one of the few outcome instruments approved by the PATNC for use by affiliate programs. The HFPI was developed by LeCroy & Milligan Associates to examine change in nine parenting domains: home environment, role satisfaction, parent/child interaction, parenting efficacy, depression, social support, problem solving, personal care, and mobilizing resources. This tool may also be used clinically by home visitors to develop focused interventions that address family strengths and critical needs.

LeCroy & Milligan Associate’s Senior Evaluation Associate, Michele Schmidt, MPA, and Research and Innovations Manager, Katie Haverly, MS, were invited by the Intentional Partnerships Podcast co-host Michael Hall of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, to be guest speakers on the podcast, recorded live at the PATNC International Conference on 10/11/2018. In this podcast, we talk about our work with PATNC, recent studies with PAT affiliates, and the HFPI Instrument, User Manual, and Tip Sheets, and how PAT programs are using it as an outcomes measure and a clinical tool. Click to listen to the Intentional Partnership’s Podcart Chat.

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