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Resources for Beginnings Guides Users



Each staff member needs a copy of this Beginnings Guides user’s manual. It facilitates a quick start on ordering and organizing materials, planning visits and using Beginnings Guides effectively and efficiently in the field. The manual includes the Topic Index and List of Illustrations in English and Spanish for the Pregnancy Guide and the Parents Guide. In addition, the manual summarizes the evidence base and editorial principles behind the Beginnings Guides. When you want to tell colleagues about Beginnings Guides, send them a copy of this user’s manual.

Topic Indexes for the Pregnancy Guide & Parents Guide
The Indexes list of the contents of the Guides in alphabetical order by topic, in both Spanish and English. The Indexes enable you to locate information quickly so that you can respond to a parent’s immediate interest and need, that is, you can teach responsively. Find the Topic Indexes in Appendix A of the user’s manual. The Pregnancy Guide Index begins on page 21. Parents Guide Index starts on page 31.

Beginnings Guides Home Visitors Handbook and Curriculum Implementation Manual

Lists of Illustrations in the Pregnancy Guide & Parents Guide For each Guide, there is an Illustrations List by topic to help you teach responsively. Find the Illustrations Lists in Appendix A of the user’s manual. Pregnancy Guide Illustrations list starts on page 29. Parents Guide Illustrations list starts on p 49.

Key Messages Poster
The Beginnings Pregnancy Guide focuses on health behavior messages that the research links directly to clinical outcomes. These key messages are featured along with the Beginnings Mothers on this beautiful poster designed for us by Laurel Burch. The Pregnancy Guide comes with a poster for you to present as a gift to each mother. 

Teaching Documentation Logs
Beginnings Pregnancy Guide and Parents Guide  Research shows programs achieve results in areas that they address consistently. The Teaching Documentation Logs enable staff to document quickly topics covered in a visit and to see at a glance what remains to be discussed. A periodic review of the Teaching Logs for a caseload or a program shows how consistently priority topics are being addressed.   The Teaching Logs in English and Spanish list the content in sequence as it appears in the Guides along with spaces to date, initial, and check off topics discussed during a visit, and to make notes. There is a Log for each booklet in the two series, a total of 14 Logs.

Reflective Questions
Reflection is a fundamental life skill at the core of mothering, health literacy, and empowerment. The Beginnings Guides Life Skills Development Curriculum training focuses on developing staff’s reflective practices to promote mothers’ reflective skills. The primary strategy for developing reflective practice and skills is reflective questioning, or “teaching by asking”.   Reflective questions lead a mother to reflect, that is, to think about her situation, link to her experience, knowledge and new information, and to respond purposefully. Think, Link & Respond is a framework for problem solving and decision making that enables a mother to exert increasing control over her life. That is empowerment. Learning to teach by asking and using reflective questioning to motivate and empower parents is a focus of the Beginnings Life Skills Development Training.

Beginnings Pregnancy Guide and Beginnings Parents Guide are designed as two series of booklets.
The materials are most effective when distributed and reviewed with the family one at a time over the
course of pregnancy and early child development. Some organizations choose to distribute full sets of
materials, either by mail or in person. Or you might need to collate sets for reviewers or special events.
This document includes instructions for collating Beginnings Guides.

Reflective Question Worksheets
It takes practice, intention and attention to ask good reflective questions that support mothers in setting and achieving goals for themselves, their health and their families. To facilitate teaching and learning, the Beginnings Guides curriculum includes a set of reflective questions related to the key messages of each booklet in the two series.

For each set of Reflective Questions there is a Home Visitor’s Worksheet and a Mother’s Worksheet.  Both Worksheets contain the same questions and space for writing answers.  The Visitor’s Worksheet will be stored in the client’s record, so it includes in the header identifying information for the record. It also includes notes on the purposes of the questions. The Mother’s Worksheet includes only the questions. She retains her worksheet. Details of using the worksheets in practice and for evaluation purposes are covered in the Beginnings Life Skills Development Training.

Reflective Questions for the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide

Reflective Questions for the Beginnings Parents Guide

Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation Life Skills Progression Brief: Information and Guidelines for Use in Meeting MIECHV Benchmarks click here.

How to Evaluate Program Effects on Parental Health Literacy Using the Life Skills Progression Instrument

Beginnings Guides and Healthy Start Goals
Beginnings Pregnancy Guide translates the science of prenatal care into actionable understandable guidance for a healthy pregnancy. It puts into print the health promotion content of prenatal care as defined by the US Public Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care.
Click here to find out more.



Find your Adverse Childhood Experience Score. These events are important.  How have they affected you? You also can use the questions to generate a reflective conversation with a mother about her childhood experiences and their impacts. 
Testing has shown the questions do not spur trauma or need for professional help. Click here to download the document.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

The teaching and learning aids on this page are for the exclusive use of Beginnings Guides users.  Your program’s purchase of Beginnings Pregnancy Guide or Beginnings Parents Guide  for the families you serve includes the right to reproduce and  use the collateral materials on this page, but not the Guides themselves, for program purposes only.  

For all other persons, and any use outside an authorized program,  prior written permission of the copyright holder is required. To obtain permission call 800-444-8806.
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