Carefully controlled scientific research has highlighted the benefits and efficacy of My Baby's First Teacher. Further, a comprehensive longitudinal study funded by the National Science Foundation is currently underway.
Dr. Janette Herbers and her Adversity and Resilience in Development (ARD) lab at Villanova University are conducting a comprehensive longitudinal study, funded by the National Science Foundation, into the benefits and efficacy of My Baby's First Teacher. The study follows parents with infants staying in Philadelphia-area emergency shelters over the span of eight months, and meets with each family three times. Half of the families are randomly assigned to participate in My Baby's First Teacher, while the other half of families are assigned to a care-as-usual group. The project utilizes parent-report surveys, observational measures, and biological data to assess the impact of the My Baby's First Teacher and experiences of family homelessness more generally across several levels of analysis. The project is currently on its fourth year..
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Herbers et. al (2020) utilized data from an early study into the efficacy of My Baby's First Teacher, and found that the intervention significantly increases parental responsiveness when compared to a parents who did not receive the intervention.
Appearing in Zero to Three, Herbers and Henderson (2019) profile My Baby's First Teacher, highlight the need for such an intervention, and describe how My Baby's First Teacher may bolster resilience in children experiencing homelessness.
Henderson (2013) presented preliminary and qualitative findings at Harvard's Young Children Without Homes Conference.