Growing Together is a unique model of integrated early intervention and prevention programs designed to ensure the healthy development of young children in high-risk neighborhoods. The model consists of home visiting, parent training and therapeutic guidance and community based resources such as breakfast programs, drop-in-centres, toy-lending and employment training programs.
Invest in Kids Foundation supports the program in three provinces. In St. JamesTown, Toronto, we partner with the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and the Toronto Public Health department, in the Montreal district of Plamondon, Côte-des-Neiges we work with Sainte-Justine Hospital and Centre Local de Services Communautaires (CLSC), and a third program has just been launched in Dartmouth and Cape Breton, in partnership with the I.W.K. Grace Hospital and the Nova Scotia Government.
The following evaluations were conducted on the St. James Town Site in 1997:
A Short-Term Impact
Evaluation of the Growing Together Program
A National Survey of Parents with Children under 6: In January 1999, Invest in Kids sponsored a national
survey of 1,645 households with children under six. The purpose of the survey was to
determine whether parents know about the importance of the first five years, the pivotal
role of parents during that period, and whether parents are confident of their ability to
care for their young children.
NEEDS ASSESSMENT: Training of Ontario Professionals Who Work with Young
Children: A survey which examines
whether key topics on healthy child development, including the recent research on brain
development, attachment and developmental milestones, are in the standard repertoire of
Ontario professionals who regularly work with infants and young children.
A Literature Review Regarding Outcomes in Psychosocial Prevention and Early Intervention in Young Children: A worldwide review of the scientific evidence of early intervention and prevention programs for enhancing the healthy social, emotional and cognitive development of infants and young children. The purpose of this review was to determine what interventions/programs are well supported with solid scientific evidence, and what interventions/programs require additional replication with rigorous research designs.
Drs. Patricia Mrazek and C. Hendricks Brown of Prevention Technologies, Bethesda, Maryland, conducted this research review. It was guided by nationally respected Canadian experts on early child development: Dr. Susan Bradley (Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto), Drs. Nancy Cohen and Sarah Landy (Hincks-Dellcrest Institute, Toronto), Drs. Ellen Lipman and Harriett MacMillan (McMaster University) and Dr. Ray de V. Peters (Queen's University).
The complete report will be ready
for public dissemination in Spring 2001.