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.
Indexes for the Pregnancy 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
. The Pregnancy Guide
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
starts on page 29. Parents Guide
Illustrations list starts on p 49.
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
Pregnancy Guide and Parents
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
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.
Reflection is a fundamental life skill at the core
of mothering, health literacy, and empowerment. The Beginnings Guides
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
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
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
Questions for the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide
Reflective Questions for the Beginnings
Design Options for Home Visiting
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.
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.
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.