Prenatal / Early Childhood

Nurse-Family Partnership

A nurse home visitation program for low-income, pregnant women
UPDATED: Jan 12, 2018
Top Tier
Randomized controlled trials show major impact on life outcomes of the mothers and their children.
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Child FIRST

A home visitation program for low-income families with young children at risk of emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems, or child maltreatment
UPDATED: Nov 20, 2017
Near Top Tier
Randomized controlled trial shows a sizable reduction in child maltreatment cases, and improvement in child conduct and language development.
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The Triple P System

A system of parenting programs for families with children age 0-8
UPDATED: Jan 25, 2018
Near Top Tier
Randomized controlled trial of the full system as implemented county-wide shows sizable reductions in child maltreatment and foster care placements.
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A Pregnant Woman’s Self-Help Guide to Quit Smoking

A low-cost smoking cessation program for pregnant smokers
UPDATED: Feb 09, 2018
Suggestive Tier
Randomized controlled trials show a sizable increase in the quit rate during the last four to five months of pregnancy.
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Abecedarian Project

A high-quality child care/preschool program for children from disadvantaged backgrounds
UPDATED: Nov 20, 2017
Suggestive Tier
Randomized controlled trial found major impacts on educational and life outcomes; we note, however, that it was a relatively small study that included departures from random assignment, reducing confidence in the findings.
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Health Care Program for First-Time Adolescent Mothers and their Infants

A health care program for first-time, teenage mothers that provides counseling on birth control and education on basic parenting and child health
UPDATED: Nov 21, 2017
Suggestive Tier
Randomized controlled trial shows a sizable reduction in subsequent teen pregnancies and increase in rate of child immunizations.
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Perry Preschool Project

A high-quality preschool program for children from disadvantaged backgrounds
UPDATED: Jan 25, 2018
Suggestive Tier
Randomized controlled trial shows major impact on educational and life outcomes; we note, however, that this was a demonstration project, and it is not yet known if the results can be replicated on a broader scale in typical classroom settings.
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Recovery Coaches

A program for substance-abusing parents who have temporarily lost custody of their children
UPDATED: Feb 09, 2018
Suggestive Tier
Randomized controlled trial shows an increase in family reunifications, reduction in active foster care cases, and net savings to the state.
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