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Preparing for Life

Policy category

Helping Vulnerable Children, Supporting Parenting and Assisting with Childcare

Recommendation Pillars

Enhance family support and the quality of alternative care settings, Provide children with a safe, adequate housing and living environment, Reduce inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care

Countries that have implemented practice

Ireland

Age Groups

Young Children (age 0 to 5), Prenatal (before birth), Adults (age 20+)

Target Groups

Low-income Families, Parents, Children

Years in Operation

2000  - still operating

Type of Organization Implementing Practice

National Government, Private Human Services Organization

Practice Overview

Preparing for Life (PFL) is a five-year home visiting program targeted at disadvantaged families with children, beginning at pregnancy until the child starts school at age four or five. PFL home visitors provides families with developmental toys for children and public health information on stress control and eating habits, facilitates access to enhanced preschool, and provides access to  and a support worker that provides information on public services. Additionally, the programme includes weekly home visits that last between 30 minutes to two hours from a trained mentor and a portion of the Triple P group parent training. The home visiting portion focuses on providing parents with general support and help with parenting issues. The Triple P Positive Parent programme that parents receive a portion of is a separate programme that was integrated into PFL and occurs when the child is two-years old and lasts for eight weeks, consisting of four two-hour in-person sessions, three phone support sessions, and one culminating group session about positive parenting. PFL was developed in 2004 and has served about 200 families.

Scale of Implementation

 The program has served approximately 200 families.

Evaluation References

Citations for program evaluations: Doyle, O., Harmon, C., Heckman, J. J., Logue, C., & Moon, S. H. (2013). Measuring Investment in Human Capital Formation: An Experimental Analysis of Early Life Outcomes. NBER Working Paper Series: Cambridge, MA.

Doyle, O., & UCD Geary Institute PFL Evaluation Team (2012). Preparing for Life Early Childhood Intervention Assessing the Early Impact of Preparing for Life at Twelve Months. 

Doyle, O., & UCD Geary Institute PFL Evaluation Team (2012). Preparing for Life Early Childhood Intervention Assessing the Early Impact of Preparing for Life at Six Months. 

Doyle, O., & UCD Geary Institute PFL Evaluation Team (2013). Preparing for Life Early Childhood Intervention Assessing the Early Impact of Preparing for Life at Eighteen Months. 

Contact Information

Name

 Noel Kelly

Title

 Programme Manager    

Organization

 Preparing for Life

Address

 Bell Building Darndale, Belcamp Village Centre, Darndale, Dublin 17

Phone

 01 8771509 

Email

 info@northsidepartnership.ie