In Spring 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies released The Providence Talks Playbook, a review and analysis of program results, data, and lessons learned from Providence Talks. Data and information contained in this report will go beyond what was reported in the Pilot Report in Fall 2015. The Playbook is available for view and download her:
The Providence Talks Professional Development Series aims to:
1. Improve the language environment of classrooms/homes;
2. Integrate the administration of reliable and valid measures of vocabulary development into educators’ professional practice;
3. Partner with families to help parents understand the importance of early language development and how they as parents can integrate new techniques and activities in their homes.
The Professional Development series brochure is available to be viewed here:
The Providence Talks “Pilot Findings & Next Steps” is a detailed report covering various data points gathered and analyzed from Providence Talks’ first year. This report discusses the model and theory behind Providence Talks, results from the data, lessons learned, and how Providence Talks will take the program to a citywide scale. It is available to view and download here:
The Providence Talks Operations Manual is a comprehensive collection of the program’s policies, procedures, tools, and forms which will be utilized throughout the duration of Providence Talks. The purpose of the Providence Talks Operations Manual is to provide participating Organizations (who are referred to as “providers” in the Operations Manual) with the policies and protocols required to operate the Providence Talks home visiting program. This manual should be combined with the PT Curriculum as a reference tool for all Providence Talks providers.
In the interest of transparency and replication, the Providence Talks program is providing the Operations Manual for all interested parties to download and view. The Operations Manual is available for download here:
The Providence Talks curriculum is a 205-page, fully detailed curriculum for the implementation of Providence Talks. A link is attached here for a 5-page sample of the Providence Talks curriculum to view and download:
The Providence Talks Playgroup curriculum is a an abridged version of the home-visiting based 205-page curriculum. A link is attached here for a one-week sample of the Providence Talks Playgroup curriculum to view and download:
The Parenting Ladder is a child developmental measurement instrument created by Oregon State University’s Department of Human Development. The instrument was originally created by Clara Pratt and Aphra Katzev. The Parenting Ladder asks parents completing the instrument to assess their level of knowledge on 12 areas of parenting and their children’s skills on three areas of behavior before they participated in the intervention, and once after.
LENA Developmental Snapshot
Providence Talks utilizes the LENA Developmental Snapshot as a key child developmental measurement instrument for outcome measurement. The Developmental Snapshot is a parent-completed tool which evaluates their child(ren)’s language skills, and focuses on “well-established milestones associated with expressive and receptive language skills” (source: lena.org/developmental-snapshot).
For questions regarding the Providence Talks Operations Manual or Curriculum, please contact Kevin Slattery.