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Tool name

Life Skills Progression™

Use to evaluate

Parent skills in in key categories (relationships with family and friends; relationships with children; physical health care; basic needs; education and employment; mental health and substance abuse) and infant/toddler development and temperament

Age range

Birth to 3 years

Completed by

Home visitors, parent educators, social workers, public health nurses

Time commitment

5–10 minutes

How can home visiting programs measure outcomes for families at risk?

The Life Skills Progression™ (LSP™) tool measures a parent’s ability to achieve and maintain a healthy and satisfying life for families. LSP describes individual parent and infant/toddler progress using 43 individual categories of life skills that reflect the array of basic skills needed to live and parent well. It also tracks important infant developmental and regulatory outcomes.

Recommended by Parents as Teachers, the LSP meets the affiliate requirements for family-centered assessment and goal setting.


  • establish baseline client profiles
  • identify strengths and needs
  • plan interventions
  • monitor outcomes to show that interventions are working


What You'll Need


Life Skills Progression™


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CD-ROM with printable PDF of LSP tool

Free downloads

Life Skills Progression Sample Form

View a sample completed scale from the Life Skills Progression.

Training and webinars

Improving home visiting practice with the Life Skills Progression™ (LSP)

For professionals serving families of children from birth–3, learn how to identify the family’s needs, monitor improvements, and demonstrate your program’s effectiveness with the LSP.

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