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NDE Home Visit Study


Research Team


Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)

Subcontract from: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Award Date: Feb 1, 2019

End Date: Sep 23, 2019


This project is funded by a subcontract from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center will collect data and analyze activities to record the coding of video-recorded home visits conducted by early childhood professionals. The data collection and analysis supports the investigation of the Getting Ready home visiting approach into Part C services. 

Getting Ready is a child- and parent-focused, strengths-based intervention designed to enhance the school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Getting Ready promotes positive child development by strengthening supports and continuities within and across systems, including parental engagement and collaborative partnerships between early childhood professionals and families.

This project is a scale-up of the evidence-based Getting Ready intervention. Getting Ready is being incorporated into Part C home-based service delivery in Nebraska for early intervention/early childhood special education personnel who serve infants/toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Getting Ready supports young children’s learning via the coordinated use of child-focused strategies (e.g., sustaining child interest; encouraging turn-taking; challenging/scaffolding; following child’s lead) by EI/ECSE professionals and parents. Furthermore, EI/ECSE professionals actively engage in relationship-building and parent-professional partnership strategies (e.g., affirmation, sharing information, using data, making mutual decisions) during all family interactions. Professionals apply a sequenced collaboration framework that supports the consistent use of child-focused strategies.

To learn the Getting Ready approach, early childhood special education professionals receive training and ongoing coaching on collaborating with families and blending developmental objectives with effective parent-child interactions.

Early Childhood Education and Development

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