Curriculum

The curriculum offers professional development and materials to support implementation and continuous improvement. Professional development includes gaining the knowledge and skills required for effective implementation of a curriculum. Standardized training procedures include initial and ongoing training to support home visitors as they learn to implement a curriculum with fidelity. Standardized training procedures provide consistent content and delivery methods across training sessions. Curriculum materials to support implementation include resources that come with a curriculum to help home visitors understand how to use it. The materials may also include resources to help education managers and coaches support home visitors to implement the curriculum effectively.

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Curriculum

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Growing Great Kids™ for Preschoolers

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Professional Development: The curriculum developers offer comprehensive standardized initial and ongoing training. Home visitors and supervisors are required to attend a 4.5-day in-person training to become certified to use the curriculum. A variety of follow-up training options (e.g., "GGK Advanced Practice Integration," "Fidelity Implementation Training") are offered online through the GK Professional Development Academy and in-person. The curriculum developers also offer consultation services for individual program needs.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum includes comprehensive materials and guidance to facilitate understanding of the curriculum. The "Conversation Guides" in Growing Great Families provide home visitors with discussion questions for families. The "HV Notes" are callout boxes in Growing Great Families that provide suggestions to home visitors to highlight certain aspects of activities or areas of development. Additionally, each activity in the Learning Pods provides instructions for implementation.

  • Fidelity Tool: Growing Great Kids for Preschoolers does not offer a fidelity tool. While Growing Great Kids: Prenatal–36 Months offers fidelity tools to support implementation, the tools are specific to the infant and toddler version of the curriculum.

Growing Great Kids™: Prenatal–36 Months

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Professional Development: The curriculum developers offer comprehensive standardized initial and ongoing training. Home visitors and supervisors are required to attend a 4.5-day in-person training to become certified to use the curriculum. A variety of follow-up training options are offered online through the GK Professional Development Academy and in person, such as a training on home visitor competencies, including cultural humility, "GGK Advanced Practice Integration," "Fidelity Implementation Training." The curriculum developers also offer consultation services for individual program needs.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: Growing Great Kids™ includes comprehensive materials and guidance to facilitate understanding of the curriculum. The "Conversation Guides" in each manual provide home visitors with discussion questions for families. The "HV Notes" are call-out boxes embedded throughout the manuals that provide suggestions to home visitors to highlight certain aspects of activities or areas of development. Additionally, many of the materials provided in the mandatory trainings (e.g., the Staff Development and Certification Guide) support various aspects of implementation.

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum offers three fidelity tools to support implementation—one for home visitors, one for supervisors, and one for trainers. The fidelity tool for home visitors, GGK Implementation Fidelity Best Practice—for Home Visits, is a yes/no checklist with the required components for every home visit: materials to bring, what to do, dosage of curriculum components, and Foundational Modules to be completed with all families.

Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum: Prenatal to 3

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Professional Development: Parents as Teachers offers comprehensive, standardized initial and ongoing training. A three-day "Foundational Training" is required in order to purchase and use the curriculum. A variety of follow-up trainings (e.g., "Interactions Across Abilities," "Diversity in Families") are offered at an additional cost, both online through the Knowledge Studio and in person. The curriculum developers also offer customized trainings to address individual program needs.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum provides comprehensive materials and guidance to facilitate understanding and implementation of the curriculum. Parents as Teachers offers a myriad of well-organized resources with clear instructions on how to use them. For example, the introduction to the curriculum provides a theoretical foundation and tools to orient the home visitor to the materials. The eight "Foundational Personal Visit Plans" provide a framework for the first few home visits. Materials also include a specific process for guiding the next home visit plans. In addition, the sections on "Parenting Behaviors" and "Development-Centered Parenting" offer resources and activities for home visitors and parents on different parenting topics. The "Parent-Child Interactions" section includes activities for parents and children to do together, and the "Family Well-Being" section provides resources for home visitors and parents on supporting family development. Each resource in the curriculum is labeled with the intended audience (e.g., parent educator and/or parent) and includes specific instructions for use.

  • Fidelity Tool: Parents as Teachers does not offer a fidelity tool to monitor curriculum implementation.

Partners for a Healthy Baby

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Professional Development: Partners for a Healthy Baby offers a two- or three-day initial in-person training, "Partners for a Healthy Baby Workshop for Home Visitors," either in Florida or at a program site. The workshop covers a variety of topics, including children's learning and development in different domains, planning home visits, and using the curriculum with fidelity. In addition, Partners for a Healthy Baby offers an initial training for supervisors, as well as initial training on parts of the curriculum (e.g., the prenatal curriculum only). Coaching support and mentoring for programs are offered on request. 

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum includes some overview materials and guidance to facilitate understanding of the curriculum. Each volume has a "User's Guide" that provides lists of tips for a home visitor, such as "What Is My Role as a Home Visitor?" One section called "How Do I Conduct a Home Visit?" offers specific step-by-step information on how to use the curriculum to plan a home visit. The "Detailed Information Pages" provide some specific guidance on how to use the parent handouts with families. The curriculum provides information about how it is organized, but it is unclear how the handouts and the "Detailed Information Pages" should be combined and implemented as part of a cohesive program. The curriculum only provides the following general recommendation: "Tailor your choice of purposes to the needs of each family while using the curriculum as a guide to ensure critical information is covered."

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum offers the "Partners for a Healthy Baby Fidelity Checklist," which can be used to assess fidelity of implementation. Supervisors use the checklist quarterly during reflective supervision; home visitors can also use it as a self-reporting tool. The tool can be used to assess how home visitors are following the curriculum's steps of planning and implementing a home visit.