Measure Status: Active
Evidence Level: Moderate. Aligns with MCHbest strategy "Quality Improvement Programs in Health Care Settings" (https://www.mchevidence.org/tools/strategies/6-3.php). Find other NPM 6 practice-level strategies in MCHbest.
Measurement Quadrant: Quadrant 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)
Service Type: Enabling services level of pyramid
Essential Public Health Services: 4. Support and mobilize partners
Service Recipient: Activities directed to professionals
Goal: Increase providers' competencies by establishing a learning collaborative that develops a strong family/professional partnerships by Implementing a quality improvement learning collaborative to improve developmental screening practices (e.g. t
Numerator: Number of providers who report they utilize their training in improving family/professional partnerships to improve developmental screenings.
Denominator: Total number of providers who serve children up to 35 months.
Significance: There is strong evidence that interventions during pregnancy and early childhood have some of the greatest impacts on children’s lifelong health and development. Although parents’ knowledge and practices greatly affect their children’s healthy development, parenting education is lacking at the population level. A national study of new parents found that information was cited as one of their greatest needs. In a California study, the majority of parents (including 70% of Spanish-speaking parents) believed they did not have adequate knowledge to care for their young children. It has been difficult to reach parents who face barriers of literacy, language, poverty or disability with easy-to-use and engaging information.
The First 5 Kit for New Parents is an innovative, evidence- based approach to reach new parents with information about parenting practices and community resources. The “Kit” is a low-cost, multi-media collection of information for parents of children 0-5 years and their providers. It includes DVDs (featuring celebrities, experts and diverse parents), and printed materials that were written to be widely accessible to parents, including those with limited literacy, and those who speak Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean or English. Since 2001, the Kit has been distributed free of charge to 500,000 California parents each year through diverse perinatal and childcare programs. The Kit model was evaluated in a 3-year longitudinal survey of intervention and comparison groups of English- and Spanish-speaking parents and providers. Findings showed high Kit usage (87%) and satisfaction (94%). Parents in the intervention group showed significantly greater knowledge gains and reported better practices than parents in the comparison group. Providers considered the Kit a valuable resource to incorporate into their educational programs. The Kit model has now been adapted and extended to four other states and has reached over five million families.
Data Sources and Data Issues: UDS
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100