Members of CCPI’s early childhood research team presented findings to a national audience at the Start Early National Home Visiting Virtual Summit in February. The summit, which brings together home visiting researchers, practitioners and policymakers from around the country, was held virtually this year.
Researchers Hailey Heinz and Andrew Breidenbach presented alongside First Born Model Office Director Tekla Johnson. The research, conducted in partnership with First Born, used home visitor interviews and analysis of administrative data to better understand how First Born home visitors refer families to services. Researchers found that framing referrals around benefits to children rather than adults is a key strategy for making referrals more successful. The study also identified a range of barriers that home visitors face in engaging families with services, ranging from family reluctance to more logistical barriers like transportation.
The full report related to the presentation can be found here: https://ccpi.unm.edu/sites/default/files/publications/First%20Born%200714.pdf