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.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Kin as Teachers (KAT) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Relative caregivers raising children from birth to kindergarten entry

Brief Description

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 Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program.
See contact info below.

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.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

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

Population:

  • 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.

Location/Institution: Florida

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.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Kin as Teachers (KAT).

Contact Information

Name: Kerry Littlewood
Email:

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017