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Improving the quality of family, friend, & neighbor care: A review of the research literature

Numerous evidence-based strategies to support and improve the quality of FFN care have emerged across the country, within increased attention in the last five years. Most of the supports are service-based (e.g., play and learn, home-based technical assistance), with little representation from the other two support categories (relationship-based service delivery and implementation practices) presented by Bromer and Korfmacher (2016). In line with other reports (e.g., NWLC, 2016; Paulsell, Porter, & Kirby, 2010) we have organized programs into four major groupings: - Home Visiting - Collaborations with Other Early Childhood Programs - Play and Learn Groups - Education and Training It is common to combine multiple strategies in the same program. For example, some home visiting programs offer training and peer support groups. The distribution of resources is common in each category. The mixing of strategies appears to have emerged from experience of what is needed to provide support and improve quality in FFN care. Thus, while initiatives do not fit neatly into the identified groupings, clustering programs into these categories facilitates understanding and comparisons both within and across groupings. For a full description of types of resources to support FFN providers see the report from National Women's Law Center (2016). Only programs that have had an independent outside evaluation are included in this review. The information on each reviewed program is organized by a) purpose, b) responsible organization(s), c) year begun, d) target group, e) components, f) evaluation, and g) evidence of impact. Within each grouping, programs are listed in the order in which they were created, with the oldest listed first. (author abstract)
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