The purpose of this interdisciplinary research programme is to fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will transform the life chances and destinies of children in their early years in lower- and middle-income countries.
Assessing Sustained Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Teacher Training Intervention on Children’s Early Primary Grade Outcomes
This project aims to assess the impacts of an affordable and potentially scalable in-service training and coaching programme for kindergarten teachers in private and public schools in the greater Accra region.
This study builds on a school-randomised experiment, Quality Preschool for Ghana (QP4G), to assess the impacts of an affordable and potentially scalable in-service training and coaching program for kindergarten teachers (of 4-6 year olds, KG1 and KG2) in private and public schools in the greater Accra region. The original study found at the first follow-up (end of Year 1) that the training improved classroom quality, developmentally-appropriate practices and children’s school readiness. Results from the second follow-up one year later show sustained impacts on school readiness including social-emotional development, executive function and early academic skills for younger (KG1) children. The project team aims to follow the 1475 KG1 children in their transition to primary school to assess if (1) longer-term impacts of high quality ECE are sustained (vs. fade-out), (2) there are differences in longer-term impacts based on primary school characteristics, and (3) there are differences in longer-term impacts by child age and gender and select parental characteristics.
This project has achieved the following media coverage:
To find out more about the project, read this blog post on The perils and promises of listening to parents.
Principal Investigator: Dr Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania
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