Parents as Teachers

Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Parents as Teachers was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Parents as Teachers as listed below:

A Readiness Reflection is available to help organizations measure their readiness to implement the Parents as Teachers model. The Readiness Reflection is comprised of questions related to 3 areas: Community Context, Organizational Capacity, and Staffing. To assist agencies with developing a budget for implementation, a Budgeting Tool is also available, as well as a Logic Model that illustrates the Parents as Teachers theory of change. The next step after the Readiness Reflection is completed and the organization is ready to move forward is the completion of an Affiliate Plan that documents the organization’s plan for implementation of the model. The Affiliate plan must be approved by the national office prior to registering staff for training.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Parents as Teachers as listed below:

The Parents as Teachers national office has a team of technical assistance and program support providers that are available for consultation to all Parents as Teachers affiliates. Additionally, there are currently two regional, Parents as Teachers TA (Technical Assistance) hubs located in the northeast and southeast regions of the U.S. as well as PAT State Offices in 26 states. The TA hubs and State Offices are designated to provide technical assistance/consultation to Parents as Teachers affiliates in their regions/states.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Parents as Teachers as listed below:

A variety of tools, contained in the “Supervisor’s Handbook,” are available for affiliates implementing the model to ensure they are implementing with fidelity, including: the Quality Assurance Blueprint, Personal Visit Observation Tool, Group Connections Observation Tool, File Review Tool and Performance Measures Report. The tools are not available publicly.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Parents as Teachers as listed below:

The Parents as Teachers Quality Standards are comprised of 17 essential requirements and 100 additional standards for high quality implementation. Parents as Teachers also provides the Quality Assurance (QA) Guidelines to assist organizations in understanding the expectations for model implementation. The QA Guidelines incorporate information that supports the implementation the Parents as Teachers quality standards. Finally, staff members attending Model Implementation training are also provided with the Model Implementation Guide which provides additional resources for model implementation.

Research on How to Implement the Program

The program representative did not provide information about research conducted on how to implement Parents as Teachers.