Current research

TRAINING GRANTS for Promoting First Relationships®

Department of Early Learning

The goal of this project is to train early intervention specialists across the state how to use Promoting First Relationships® program with the families they serve. Dr. Monica Oxford is the principal investigator.

Children’s Administration

We provide workshop and video-based training on Promoting First Relationships® to Children’s Administration staff and their contracted service providers who will use the training with their clients. Children’s Administration is part of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Dr. Monica Oxford is the principal investigator.

Veterans & Human Services Levy Strengthening Families at Risk

The goal of the project is to provide the train-the-trainer model of evidence based curriculum, Promoting First Relationships®, for community-based agency staff that work with children younger than 5 and their families who live in environments where stressors are particularly high. Dr. Monica Oxford is the principal investigator.

RESEARCH GRANTS

Families Together Program

This project seeks to assess the effectiveness of Promoting First Relationships children aged 1 to 5 years in child welfare who have recently been reunited with their birth parent after a foster care separation. Promoting First Relationships will be adapted and evaluated for service with preschool aged children. We will partner with Washington State and NAVOS, Community Mental Health, to implement this community based clinical trial of effectiveness. Dr. Monica Oxford is the principal investigator.

Fostering Families Program

This randomized control trial tested the effectiveness of Promoting First Relationships® for 210 birth, kin and foster caregivers of infants and toddlers in child welfare who recently transitioned into their care. Results showed the intervention improved observed caregiver sensitivity and knowledge of children’s developmental needs. Children improved in social competency. Children with kin and foster families were more likely to achieve permanency if their caregivers received PFR. Dr. Susan Spieker is the principal investigator, and Dr. Monica Oxford is the co-investigator.

Supporting Parent Program

This randomized control trial tested the effectiveness of Promoting First Relationships® for 247 birth parents of infants and toddlers identified by Child Protective Services. Results showed the intervention improved observed caregiver sensitivity and knowledge of children’s developmental needs. Children whose parents received PFR were much less likely to be placed in foster care. Dr. Monica Oxford is the principal investigator, and Dr. Susan Spieker is the co-investigator.

Native Community Promoting First Relationships®

The specific aims are to:

  1. Adapt the Promoting First Relationships® intervention for the Native Community using focus groups;
  2. Assess the adequacy of training by examining the pre- and post-training attitudes and consultation strategies used by community-based Promoting First Relationships providers with caregivers and infants;
  3. Compare the PFR and control group on caregivers’ sensitivity and responsiveness and children’s social and emotional competencies and attachment security.

Drs. Cathryn Booth-LaForce and Monica Oxford are co-principal investigators.

Bright Start

This study is a collaboration with Seattle Children’s to test the hypothesis that a series of pragmatic, actionable, evidence-based and cost-effective caregiver behaviors can enhance early child-parent attachment as well as the cognitive and emotional development of children 3 years old and younger. The intervention consists of parent education and the provision of specific tools and recommendations for appropriate developmental stimulation after the first three years. Dr. Dimitri Christakis is the principal investigator and Dr. Susan Spieker is the co-investigator.

Moms & Babies Program (Programa de Mamás y Bebés)

The goal of this research is to conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Promoting First Relationships® for 240 English- and Spanish-speaking low-income mothers who received services for psychological distress in pregnancy through community health centers that target safety-net populations in King County, Washington. Dr. Susan Spieker is the principal investigator, and Dr. Monica Oxford is the co-investigator.

EVALUATION

Educare

Educare is a model of center-based early childhood care and education developed by the Ounce of Prevention Fund and implemented in high poverty neighborhoods across the country. Key features of Educare include a public-private funding partnership, a place specifically designed for early care and education, and a program to serve children from birth to age 5.

The program seeks to promote and sustain best practices in early childhood education to benefit children and families living in poverty. Educare also seeks to increase children’s school readiness skills by emphasizing social-emotional development, language and literacy skills, and family involvement.

The Barnard Center provides evaluation and technical support to Educare Seattle in the White Center community in regard to implementing Educare in a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse, low-income population in the White Center area. As a local evaluation partner, we are part of a consortium of 18 Educare Schools across the country. Dr. Miriam Hirschstein is the principal investigator and Dr. Susan Spieker is the co-investigator.