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Combining preschool teacher training with parenting education : a cluster-randomized controlled trial (English)

This paper evaluates a government program in Malawi, which aimed to improve quality at community-based childcare centers and complemented these efforts with a group-based parenting support program. Children in the integrated intervention arm (teacher training and parenting) had significantly higher scores in measures of language and socio-emotional development than children in centers receiving teacher training alone at the 18-month follow-up. However, the study finds no effects on child assessments at the 36-month follow-up. Significant improvements at the centers relating to classroom organization and teacher behavior in the teacher-training only arm did not translate into improvements in child outcomes at either follow-up. The findings suggest that, in resource-poor settings with informal preschools, programs that integrate parenting support within preschools may be more effective than programs that simply improve classroom quality.


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    Ozler,Berk, Fernald,Lia C. H., Kariger,Patricia Karol, Mcconnell,Christin, Neuman,Michelle J., Pinheiro Fraga,Eduardo

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    Combining preschool teacher training with parenting education : a cluster-randomized controlled trial

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Ozler,Berk Fernald,Lia C. H. Kariger,Patricia Karol Mcconnell,Christin Neuman,Michelle J. Pinheiro Fraga,Eduardo

Combining preschool teacher training with parenting education : a cluster-randomized controlled trial (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 7817,Impact Evaluation series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.