Key Components of a Successful Early Childhood Home Visitation System
This self-assessment tool helps states define the home visiting system, asses the home visiting system's capacity, and prioritize areas for improvement. The tool is useful for states preparing for the federal home visiting grant application process and can be used for ongoing assessment and continuous quality improvement.
Tips for Using the Self-Assessment Tool
Involve Key Stakeholders
This tool is most relevant when completed by and shared with a diverse group of stakeholders involved in home visiting efforts across the state. In states where multiple home visiting models exist, it is beneficial to involve representatives from all models so that the completed tool reflects the full breadth of home visiting efforts in the state.
Divide Responsibility of the Self-Assessment
The tool covers a broad range of content areas, from administration to evaluation. It is important to ensure that appropriate individuals complete the relevant content areas. This division of labor could be accomplished through multiple methods; however, a single entity that coordinates the process, synthesizes the information, and disseminates the results is important.
Use the Results
The tool has been designed to be action-oriented. Each component provides space for both next steps and an opportunity to rank the priority of that component for the state. This format will encourage states to create a plan for prioritizing and embarking upon those key next steps.
Pennsylvania recently completed an 18-month process to update Keystone STARS, the state’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), to make it more flexible while maintaining rigor.