ERIC Number: EJ1079885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Helping Head Start Parents Promote Their Children's Kindergarten Adjustment: The Research-Based Developmentally Informed Parent Program
Bierman, Karen L.; Welsh, Janet A.; Heinrichs, Brenda S.; Nix, Robert L.; Mathis, Erin T.
Child Development, v86 n6 p1877-1891 Nov-Dec 2015
Head Start enhances school readiness during preschool, but effects diminish after children transition into kindergarten. Designed to promote sustained gains, the Research-based Developmentally Informed (REDI) Parent program (REDI-P) provided home visits before and after the kindergarten transition, giving parents evidence-based learning games, interactive stories, and guided pretend play to use with their children. To evaluate impact, two hundred 4-year-old children in Head Start REDI classrooms were randomly assigned to REDI-P or a comparison condition (mail-home math games). Beyond the effects of the classroom program, REDI-P promoted significant improvements in child literacy skills, academic performance, self-directed learning, and social competence, demonstrating the utility of the approach in promoting gains in cognitive and social-emotional skills evident after the transition into kindergarten.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Disadvantaged Youth, Kindergarten, At Risk Students, Developmental Stages, Parent Education, Home Visits, Educational Games, Interaction, Story Telling, Play, Imagination, Comparative Analysis, Randomized Controlled Trials, Mathematics Education, Literacy Education, Interpersonal Competence, Cognitive Development, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Adult Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD046064; HD43763