News Category: home visiting

Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development

May 29, 2019

Princeton University and the Brookings Institution released the latest volume of The Future of Children, a journal that promotes effective, evidence-based policies and programs for children, along with a policy brief titled “Achieving Broad-Scale Impacts for Social Programs.” This volume, titled “Universal Approaches to Promoting

Family Connects: Connecting Families with Community Services in Central Texas

Sept. 1, 2018

Family Connects supports newborns and their families by functioning as a screening and triage tool to identify families in need of support and connect them with resources in the community. The goal of the program is to visit with every family in their home after the birth of a new baby. During the visit, a nurse assesses the family's strengths and needs, provides support and guidance, and also connects the family with community services based on the family’s specific needs and preferences.

Beyond Coordination: A Framework for Evidence-Based Systems-Level Change

Aug. 23, 2018

The complex needs of at-risk families often extend beyond what single programs can provide in isolation and many community-level issues negatively impacting families cannot be addressed with a service-level only approach. Service coordination is an important step toward developing a comprehensive system for children and families within a community, but communities have to work beyond service coordination to implement system-level strategies that address broad policy, practice, or community infrastructure issues that impact young children or families and benefit the community-at-large.

CFRP Develops New Survey Instrument to Help Determine the Value of Home Visiting

May 11, 2017

Research indicates that evidence-based home visiting programs should benefit the families who participate in them through improvements in maternal and child health, parenting attitudes and behaviors, better cognitive and social-emotional outcomes for children, and a lower incidence of child abuse and maltreatment.

Osborne Provides Expert Testimony on Capitol Hill on Fathers in Home Visiting

April 13, 2017

On April 13, 2017 Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, provided expert testimony (video below) at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. on the growing evidence of the importance of fathers in early childhood intervention home visiting programs.

Osborne Paper: "Home Visiting Program: Four Evidence-Based Lessons for Policymakers"

Feb. 8, 2017

Federal and state policymakers and philanthropies are increasingly emphasizing the use of evidence to drive policy decisions. One of the areas in the forefront of evidence-based policymaking is early childhood intervention strategy, home visiting.

Pediatricians on the Frontlines of Poverty

March 10, 2016

When taking your child to the doctor for a well-child visit, the appointment normally includes a physical exam, checking your child’s growth and development, vaccinations, and asking your doctor any questions you may have. Now, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is recommending that doctors add another component to these visits: screening for poverty.

The Home Visitor-Mother Relationship is Key to Program Success

Nov. 24, 2015

Home visiting programs match families with para-professionals, known as home visitors, who visit families in their home during pregnancy and throughout early childhood. Home visitors provide information on building supportive home environments, encourage positive parenting practices, and help parent’s access resources that improve child and family outcomes.

CFRP at the 2015 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Nov. 10, 2015

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is the main conference of the year for scholars from around the world and is this week in Miami. Attendees convene to both present and learn about the most current research on policy and management issues from 14 different policy areas. This year’s conference program is centered around the theme, “The Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy.”

Presentation: Family Retention in Texas Home Visiting

Oct. 5, 2015

Date: October 2015
Event: Texas HHSC's Partners in Prevention Conference: Building Partnerships to Strengthen Families
Title: Family Retention in Texas Home Visiting
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Osborne