ERIC Number: ED111497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Florida Parent-Infant Education Program.
Guinagh, Barry J.; And Others
The overall purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and practicability of a home-centered preschool intervention program for cognitive, language, and personality development of mother and child, based upon the use of paraprofessional educators who are themselves members of the population served. One question considered was whether early child stimulation could have continuing effects as children reached school age. Subjects were healthy babies from indigent families whose mothers agreed to be visited once a week and to work with the parent educator. She also had to allow her child to go to the home learning center twice a week. The first two years of experimental treatment consisted of weekly home visits, some educational and some just "friendly." In the third year, intervention consisted of weekly home visits and experience in a group setting twice a week. Results of intensive testing of the subjects at age six showed that the intervention had long-term positive effects on the children. The most effective results were achieved with those children who were in the program continuously from age three months through three years. It was suggested that sustained gains resulted from changes in maternal attitudes and feelings about education, about the child, and about themselves. (Author/BRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Fund for the Advancement of Education, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Development of Human Resources.