A new report released yesterday by the Alliance for Early Success and Child Trends highlights home visiting programs as an important evidence-based policy choice for supporting families with young children.
Earlier this month, CFRP and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) hosted the first annual Texas Home Visiting Conference at The University of Texas at Austin. The two-day event brought together state program leadership, state contractors, community contractors, and home visiting program coordinators of participating communities. The aim of the conference was to bring all parties together to discuss and share information about the implementation of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) program in the seven participating communities.
CFRP is so honored to host the first ever Texas Home Visiting Conference here at The University of Texas at Austin. We’re wrapping things up today – so great to see all the community coordinators, program leads, state staff, and state partners in one place!
Here are some of our wonderful staff research associates helping out at the conference:
Depression is one of the most prevalent mood disorders among mothers, with about one in five mothers experiencing clinical levels of depression in their lifetimes.1 Maternal depression is linked with a host of negative outcomes for children. As mothers’ depressive symptoms increase, the quality of parenting declines, and developmental delays and problems in children increase.
Father involvement is associated with positive outcomes for children. Children with highly involved fathers have fewer behavioral problems, higher educational attainment, and lower levels of emotional distress than children with less involved fathers. Fathers also uniquely contribute to children’s healthy attachment, emotional regulation, social competence, and cognitive development.
Adding to the discussion about early childhood education and future outcomes is the new article "Investing in Preschool Programs" in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. In the article, Duncan and Magnuson discuss the early childhood programs that lead to the highest levels of success and why many of the early benefits fade over time.
Congratulations to the Texas Home Visiting Program on their new website. CFRP is currently conducting a long-term evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting Program. The website should be a great resource for participating parents, communities, and programs.