Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

Program basics

  • Home-based parent training on school readiness
  • Provides parents with a curriculum and a set of books and materials to build cognitive and early literacy skills and social, emotional, and physical development
  • Materials include 30 weekly activity packets, a set of books, and 20 manipulative shapes for each year

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)


Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Target population

Parents with children under the age of 5

Program cost


Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Improved school readiness outcomes and higher demonstrated achievements in school
  • Improved home literacy environments and increased parent involvement in children’s academic learning
  • Reports from parents that they spend more time reading to their children
  • Higher achievement scores in reading, math and social studies in third, fifth, and sixth grades

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Engage with home-based child care providers to learn about community needs, challenges, and adaptations to the curriculum.
  • Consider pooling resources for cost efficiency and to maximize benefits to families.
  • Train program facilitators to encourage program fidelity and efficient delivery during home visitations and other engagement with parents.
  • Recruit multilingual providers to communicate with parents in their preferred language.

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