Kin as Teachers (KAT)
Note: The Kin as Teachers (KAT) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.
About This Program
Target Population: Relative caregivers raising children from birth to kindergarten entry
KAT is a modification of the Parents as Teachers program designed to meet the special needs of relative caregivers raising children from birth to kindergarten entry. The KAT program addresses the following areas:
- Parent knowledge and parenting practices
- Detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Promotion of school readiness and success
The KAT program establishes a two-year time limit for delivery of services, due to a waiting list, and it utilizes case management services rather than resource networking. The program was created specifically to address the needs of vulnerable young children in kinship families who often need extra support and special services.
Education and Training
Education and Training Resources
Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program.
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Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Littlewood, K., Strozier, A., & Whittington, D. (2014). Kin as Teachers: An early intervention for kinship families. Children and Youth Services Review, 38, 1-9.
Type of Study:
One-group pretest-posttest study
Number of Participants: 271
- Age — Adults: 50-59 years old, Children: Mean=3.35 years
- Race/Ethnicity — Adults: 53% African Americans, 34.9% Caucasian, 9.6% Latino, and 2.4% Other; Children: Not specified
- Gender — Not specified
- Status — Participants were caregivers who were either self-referred, called a Kinship Care Warmline, or were referred to KAT by local social service agencies.
Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
The current study tests if the Kinship as Teachers (KAT) Program [now called Kin as Teachers (KAT)] improves kinship caregiver's knowledge of child development and age-appropriate family environment for caregivers caring for children. Measures utilized include the Florida Kinship Center Demographic Survey, the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory, and the Kin Knowledge Questionnaire (KKQ). Results indicate that age-appropriate family environment improved and there was an increase in caregivers' knowledge of child development for families participating in KAT. Limitations include small sample size, lack of randomization, lack of control group, and lack of follow-up.
Length of postintervention follow-up: None.
No reference materials are currently available for Kin as Teachers (KAT).
- Kerry Littlewood
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017