Promoting Early Intervention Referral Through a Randomized Controlled Home-Visiting Program




Donald F. Schwarz, Ann L. O’Sullivan, Judith Guinn, Jennifer A. Mautone, Elyse C. Carlson, Huaqing Zhao, Xuemei Zhang, Tara L. Esposito, Megan Askew, and Jerilynn Radcliffe

Brief Type

Journal Publication


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The MOM Program is a randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to promote mothers’ care for the health and development of their children, including accessing early intervention (EI) services. Study aims were to determine whether, relative to controls, this intervention increased receipt of and referral to EI services. Mothers (N = 302) living in high-poverty regions were recruited after having given birth to healthy infants and were randomized to the intervention (n = 152) or control (n = 150) group. Those in the intervention group received up to 11 home visits to promote well child visits and referral to EI. Children in the intervention group were referred to and received EI services significantly more often than those in the control group. Maternal depression and age of the mother were significantly associated with referral to, and receipt of, EI. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Standardized assessment tools
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Schwarz, D. F., O’Sullivan, A. L., Guinn, J., Mautone, J. A., Carlson, E. C., Zhao, H., . . . Radcliffe, J. (2012). Promoting Early Intervention referral through a randomized controlled home-visiting program. Journal of Early Intervention, 34(1), 20-39.  DOI 10.1177/1053815112451849
Author Contact Information:
Jerilynn Radcliffe


  • Collaboration and Coordination
  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes