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The H.O.M.E Inventory is no longer handled by CASE.  For information and/or to order materials, contact Lorriane Coulson,,  H.O.M.E Inventory LLC, Distribution Center or Robert H. Bradley,

A brief description of H.O.M.E and a list of materials you may purchase is listed below.

The Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory (Caldwell, & Bradley, 1984) is designed to measure the quality and quantity of stimulation and support available to a child in the home environment. The focus is on the child in the environment, child as a recipient of inputs from objects, events, and transactions occurring in connection with the family surroundings.

The initial version of the Inventory is called the Infant/Toddler (IT) HOME. It is designed for use during infancy (birth to age three). It is composed of 45 items clustered into six subscales: 1) Parental Responsivity, 2) Acceptance of Child, 3) Organization of the Environment, 4) Learning Materials, 5) Parental Involvement, and 6) Variety in Experience.

Three more versions of the Inventory have been developed since that time:

The Early Childhood (EC) HOME is designed for use between 3 and 6 years of age. It contains 55 items clustered into 8 subscales: 1) Learning Materials, 2) Language Stimulation, 3) Physical Environment, 4) Parental Responsivity, 5) Learning Stimulation, 6) Modeling of Social Maturity, 7) Variety in Experience, and 8) Acceptance of Child.

The Middle Childhood (MC) HOME is designed for use between 6 and 10 years. It contains 59 items clustered into eight subscales: 1) Parental Responsivity, 2) Physical Environment, 3) Learning Materials, 4) Active Stimulation, 5) Encouraging Maturity, 6) Emotional Climate, 7) Parental Involvement, and 8) Family Participation.

The Early Adolescent (EA) HOME is designed for use from 10 to 15 years old. It contains 60 items clustered into 7 subscales: 1) Physical Environment, 2) Learning Materials, 3) Modeling, 4) Instructional Activities, 5) Regulatory Activities, 6) Variety of Experience, and 7) Acceptance & Responsivity.

The Child Care (CC) HOME is used to assess quality in family child care in other home settings such a relative care of “baby sitters”.  The Child Care  HOME begins with an individual child and looks closely at the child care enviornment from that child’s perspective.  Forms available are the Child Care Infant/Toddler HOME (CC-IT-HOME) and the Child Care Early Childhood HOME (CC-EC-HOME). 

The Disability (DA) HOME is used to assess the environments of children with disabilities.

Updated 12.15.2011