ERIC Number: EJ965185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Is Something Better than Nothing? An Evaluation of Early Childhood Programs in Cambodia
Rao, Nirmala; Sun, Jin; Pearson, Veronica; Pearson, Emma; Liu, Hongyun; Constas, Mark A.; Engle, Patrice L.
Child Development, v83 n3 p864-876 May-Jun 2012
This study evaluated the relative effectiveness of home-based, community-based, and state-run early childhood programs across Cambodia. A total of 880 five-year-olds (55% girls) from 6 rural provinces in Cambodia attending State Preschools, Community Preschools, Home-Based Programs, or no programs were assessed twice using the Cambodian Developmental Assessment Test. Controlling for baseline differences, children who participated in any early childhood programs performed significantly better in posttest than those of children who did not participate in any programs. Children in State Preschools scored significantly higher than those in either Community Preschools or Home-Based Programs; scores did not differ as a function of attending Community Preschools or Home-Based Programs. The results indicate that some preschool experience is better than none at all.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Preschool Children, Home Schooling, Child Development, Preschool Education, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Cambodians, Community Programs, State Schools, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia