The Massachusetts Family Child Care study examined the impact on providers and children of an early childhood education program aimed at improving children's development and learning opportunities in the care settings. The early childhood education program,LearningGames, focuses on training caregivers to stimulate children's cognitive, language, and social-emotional development through game-like interactions with individual children across the day.
LearningGames had significant positive impacts on the behavior of the family child care providers the behavior of the family child care providers who received up to two years of support in implementing the program. LearningGames was effective at promoting high-quality, individualized and small group interactions between providers and children, which have been shown in previous research to be associated with children's cognitive and language development.
Report Title: Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy: Massachusetts Family Child Care Study http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/ccs_strategies/reports/ma_family_ccs/css_ma_final.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 9767 (Report completed June 15, 2010)