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The Intervention: There will be three primary components of the intervention: 1) parenting group sessions, 2) visits to the home, and 3) activities to build a sense of community.

Parenting groups will meet weekly for approximately 1.5 hours and will consist of 10 mother/infant dyads. Topics, which will be repeated as children grow, include: basic care, health and safety, parent issues, behavioral guidance, social skills, play and toy making, language and literacy, and individual differences. Separate fathers' groups will meet less frequently.

There will be four home visits per year to follow up on the parenting sessions and to reinforce the curriculum. During these visits the group leader will observe how the family home serves as a nurturing environment.

There will be two field trips per year to community sites. Celebrations and trips will be planned by parents during the group sessions. The Miami project plans to build a sense of community by promoting group cohesion among peers and encouraging parental involvement in the community.

Measurement: Process, cost, and outcome data will be collected by the Project Coordinating Center and the Research Triangle Institute of North Carolina and analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


University of California at Los Angeles

The UCLA Legacy for Children™ is a randomized, controlled, longitudinal research project designed to examine the potential for improvement in child developmental outcomes. The intervention program will begin prenatally and continue until the child is 36 months of age. one hundred and twenty families will be enrolled in the intervention group and one hundred and twenty will be enrolled in the control group.

Goals: The primary goal of the intervention is to enhance child development outcomes by influencing parenting behaviors through group meetings and by building a sense of community.

The specific goals for UCLA are to

  1. promote warm, responsive, and nurturing relationships between mother and child,

  2. enhance the mother's ability to help her child regulate his or her emotions and behaviors,

  3. foster nonintrusive maternal verbal and object stimulation appropriate to the child's developmental level,

  4. increase the mother's self-awareness of her effectiveness in promoting her child's development through her own parenting practices, and

  5. build a sense of community by promoting group cohesion among mothers of children of similar ages.

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