Planning Guide

Early childhood home visiting has been shown to be an effective service delivery model for at-risk young children and their families. When establishing new home visiting programs or expanding existing services using an evidence-based home visiting model, communities should consider several factors in order to ensure high-quality service delivery that is true to the intent of those who developed the model and that meets expressed community need. Home visiting services are most successful when key components are integrated. These include the following: ·

  • A community that understands the program and supports its development 
  • Program staff that are well-trained and supported through high-quality supervision 
  • Strong administrative support 
  • Ongoing evaluation of program implementation so that quality issues can be addressed in a timely manner 
  • An environment where the need for the program is clearly understood and there is no duplication of efforts 
  • A spirit of collaboration with other early childhood programs 
  • Strong local leadership to nurture the development of the services

Planning for new home visiting capacity is a long-term and ongoing process. This tool can be used by communities to:

  •  Identify community needs and strengths based on data.
  • Explore current home visiting assets and service gaps. 
  • Choose an evidence-based program model. 
  • Analyze components of both program- and system-level implementation that are critical to the replication of high-quality home visiting programs.

Life Skills Progression 

Program sustainability depends on demonstrating to funders, legislators and community partners that your program makes a measurable, significant difference..


Life Skills Progression (LSP), is a quick, easy-to-use outcome measurement and intervention planning instrument designed specifically for use with low income parents during pregnancy and early parenting. It shows strengths, needs and progress on individual, family, caseload and program levels.

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Parenting Behavior Assessment

This survey adapted by Birth To Three (2005

For the following questions, think about parenting as a ladder that you climb from the lowest rung to the highest rung. This ladder has 7 levels from 0 = Low to 6 = High. For each question, circle the number that best describes you and your ideas.

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