In order to achieve program goals and help families meet their goals, you have to be knowledgeable about topics that impact those families. When you use the Partners curriculum to fidelity, you become more knowledgeable about these topics and can plan and conduct more effective home visits.
Each tabbed section begins with an outline that lists the specific Purposes for your visits that month. No attempt is made to break purposes into weekly segments—you can do that if you visit weekly. We recommend that you begin with purposes that are of particular concern or interest for the family and address your program goals. Omit only those purposes that you know do not apply to a specific family.
The four curriculum categories: Family Development, Maternal & Family Health, Preparing for Baby/Caring For Baby, Toddler's Development are listed on the right side of the Purpose Pages. Under each is a list of "Topics" related to that curriculum category.
The pages that follow each Purpose Page provide detailed information about how to address each Purpose. The information is presented in two different colors.
The words in black print (prompts) are intended to remind you of important points you need to make and help you come up with words and phrases to introduce and discuss them. As needed, reword the text to fit the family's circumstances, but be sure to convey the basic information that is outlined.
The words in blue offer additional instructions, call your attention to things you need to be aware of or look for, and suggest follow-up actions you may need to take.
Review these Detailed Information Pages before your visit and make brief notes on whatever planning form you use regarding the main points you plan to cover. Talk about the main points in your own words during the visit. If you can’t discuss the material without reading prompts or the handout word‑for‑word, you need more training and study of the issue before you conduct a visit.
The purpose of the handouts is to help families:
The Parent Handouts summarize critical points on each topic and in some cases help visitors discuss issues that may otherwise be awkward to broach. Visitors should study the handouts and home visitor instructions on the Detailed Information Page carefully prior to visits so they can talk in their own words, rather than reading word-for-word.
We recommend that:
Please note that Parent Handouts are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced.
The Partners for a Healthy Baby Fidelity Checklist is intended to be used by supervisors/coaches during reflective supervision with home visiting staff or as a self-reporting tool for Home Visitors to complete periodically. Home Visitors can also use it as a planning tool to consider the required steps for implementing the Partners curriculum to fidelity. Programs can choose how often to monitor fidelity, but we recommend that it be done at least quarterly and more often during the initial implementation phase. For items that need improvement, it is recommended that programs develop an Action Plan and revisit the fidelity checklist within a month of last check.
FSU Partners Fidelity Checklist