A nurse home visitation program for low-income, pregnant women
Randomized controlled trials show major impact on life outcomes of the mothers and their children.
A home visitation program for low-income families with young children at risk of emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems, or child maltreatment
Randomized controlled trial shows a sizable reduction in child maltreatment cases, and improvement in child conduct and language development.
A system of parenting programs for families with children age 0-8
Randomized controlled trial of the full system as implemented county-wide shows sizable reductions in child maltreatment and foster care placements.
A low-cost smoking cessation program for pregnant smokers
Randomized controlled trials show a sizable increase in the quit rate during the last four to five months of pregnancy.
A high-quality child care/preschool program for children from disadvantaged backgrounds
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.
A health care program for first-time, teenage mothers that provides counseling on birth control and education on basic parenting and child health
Randomized controlled trial shows a sizable reduction in subsequent teen pregnancies and increase in rate of child immunizations.
A high-quality preschool program for children from disadvantaged backgrounds
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.
A program for substance-abusing parents who have temporarily lost custody of their children
Randomized controlled trial shows an increase in family reunifications, reduction in active foster care cases, and net savings to the state.