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We believe in sharing the best resources and research to improve outcomes for children and families. In this section you’ll find our research and publications.

Review of the Community Mothers Programme Report

The Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF) and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) have been aware for many years of the work carried out through the Community Mothers Programme in locations
around Ireland. Both Foundations have provided financial supports to a number of these projects on occasions. From our experience, the Community Mothers Programme has been an important resource
in providing early and valued support to families in their own homes and communities.

In recent years, CFI and KHF were concerned to hear that a number of Community Mothers Programme sites had closed while others had significant fears for their future. As a result, we agreed that it would
be beneficial to conduct a review of the current status of the Community Mothers Programme in Ireland with a view to informing the development of a strategic plan for the future of the Programme. The focus of this review is on the nine remaining sites delivering the Community Mothers Programme or an equivalent and similar programme.

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The Katharine Howard Foundation, in conjunction with The Community Foundation for Ireland, hosted the launch of Community Mothers Programme review in the Richmond Education Centre on Thursday 11 April. The presentations of the launch are available to view and download below:

Susan Brocklesby Consultant, Review of the Programme Presentation
Bernie McNally, DCYA, Presentation
Launch Rolling Presentation

Giving our Children the Best Start in Life – Survey Results

KHF carried out an online survey with parents as part of Universal Children’s Day 2017. The focus of the survey was on pregnancy and early childhood and provides a snapshot of parent’s views on what helps and supports them in their parenting role. The full report (to the left) is available for download and the a summary report can be accessed here 

Community Matters series no. 7

KHF has completed an edition of its Community Matters series no. 7, which provides a summary of the Initiative. The summary includes the rationale for PSI, KHF’s approach to planning and developing PSI and an outline of the different project themes.  The three key elements of the Initiative are highlighted – collaborative working, engaging parents and training in and delivery of Parenting Support Programmes.

Central to this work is the recognition of the importance of capturing and sharing the learning from PSI both with the projects involved and with other organisations, agencies and funders with a commitment to supporting parents and young children.


Incy Wincy Spider, a play for babies

As part of Universal Children’s Day, the Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF), in conjunction with the Arts Office of Dublin City Council, hosted “Incy Wincy Spider” – an interactive play for babies aged 0-12 months and their parents in The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1. The play takes the well-known nursery rhyme about the spider and the weather and creates a whole multi-sensory adventure of it. The production was created by baby theatre director Anna Newell with original music by award-winning composer David Goodall – a creative team whose work for babies has been seen on three continents. The event was free of charge and all five performances completely booked out. A presentation on the event can be accessed here

Karen Thurston is Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse practicing in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Well Child Tamariki Ora nurses are specially trained to support families of newborns through to five years of age, providing evidence based advice relating to child growth, development, behaviour, health and wellbeing.

KHF had the privilege to host a talk by Karen on 14 June. The presentation of the event is available to download here


Submission to Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare

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Parenting Support Initiative Information Leaflet

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 6

Summary of a Partnership Initiative with the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 5

Summary of a Funding Partnership Initiative with The Atlantic Philanthropies.

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 4

A Summary of the Evaluation Report of the Community Playgroup Initiative 2001-2004

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 3

A summary of the second in a series of occasional research studies initiated by The Katharine Howard Foundation.

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 2

The Interim Report of the Community Playgroup Initiative

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KHF Community Matters – Issue 1

A summary of the first in a series of occasional research studies initiated by The Katharine Howard Foundation.

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Young Men on the Margins

Young Men on the Margins presents the direct voices of homeless men in Dublin. It highlights how, from childhood onwards, negative economic and social experiences combined at family and community level to create a process where young men moved from living at home to being out-of-home. It draws attention to the absence of appropriate economic and social supports at crucial stages to prevent the drift into homelessness.

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