The families first program's relationship to children's school readiness
‘Families First’ is a home visiting program implemented across the province of Manitoba, Canada. Public health nurses complete a psychosocial assessment as part of their follow up with postpartum families. This assessment determines if families are offered this voluntary home visiting service. The assessment data is entered into a database maintained by the Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO). The hypothesis for this quantitative study was that a positive relationship exists between participation in the Family First program and children’s school readiness. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a tool developed and used across Manitoba by Kindergarten teachers to assess children’s school readiness. The Families First and EDI databases were linked, and multiple regression analysis models were applied. A marginal statistically significant positive relationship between the Family’s First program and school readiness was identified. Further research is necessary to understand and define the relationships.
nursing, education, development, school, readiness, child, EDI