Just Beginning (JB) Program

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Just Beginning (JB) Program currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: June 26, 2018 and August 25, 2018. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

Target Population: Noncustodial young incarcerated fathers of children between the ages of 2 months and 3 years; can also be used with incarcerated young mothers

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 3, 15 – 19

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3, 15 – 19

Brief Description

The Just Beginning (JB) Program is a structured visitation program designed specifically for young noncustodial fathers, particularly those in juvenile or criminal justice facilities with the goals of building and strengthening the relationship between father and child. JB can also be used with young incarcerated mothers. JB aims to enhance the quality of interactions, foster secure attachments, and maintain strong bonds with the child as well as encourage communication with the child’s primary caregiver. The program consists of five 60-90 minutes sessions, during which a JB-certified facilitator helps the father to master four key skills. 1) noticing the child’s signals and cues; 2) following the child’s lead; 3) talking to the child; and 4) encouraging and praising the child. Embedded within each session is a visit between the parent and the child during which the father practices these skills.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Just Beginning (JB) Program are:

  • Enhance the quality of father-child interactions
  • Foster secure attachments in order to build, maintain strong bonds over time
  • Encourage communication with the child’s other caregiver(s)

Contact Information

Jennifer Rodriguez, JD
Title: Executive Director
Agency/Affiliation: Youth Law Center
Website: www.ylc.org/our-work/action-litigation/juvenile-institutional-conditions-example/incarcerated-teen-parenting-program
Phone: (415) 543-3370
Rachel Barr, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Georgetown University
Department: Department of Psychology, Georgetown University
Website: elp.georgetown.edu/portfolio/baby-elmo
Phone: (202) 687-8064

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2018