Learning about Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Learning about Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Published: Dec 30, 2015
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Learning About Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): Identifying What Works

Time frame: 2013-2015

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Authors

Jaime Thomas

Dianne Paulsell

Lauren Murphy

Key Findings

Key Findings:

  • The LITES systematic review identified 15 program models with 50 eligible studies that examined the impact of an out-of-home model of early learning services on children’s language, cognitive, and/or social emotional/behavioral development.
  • Four of those models (Abecedarian, Early Head Start, the Infant Health and Development Project, and the Parent-Child Development Centers) showed evidence of effectiveness on children’s outcomes.
  • LITES joins other ongoing federal efforts in promoting broad awareness and use of evidence-based and high quality practices to help children realize their full potential.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funded Mathematica and its partners to conduct the Learning About Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES) project. LITES aimed to identify program models to support infant and toddler early learning in out-of-home early care and education settings to inform future research, policy, and program directions at the federal, state, and local levels. LITES had two main components: (1) a systematic review of the evidence base for program models that aim to support infant and toddler early learning; and (2) a scan of the field for program models that are compelling, but currently lack rigorous research examining impacts on children’s outcomes. This report focuses on the LITES systematic review. The LITES systematic review identified 15 program models with 50 eligible studies that examined the impact of an out-of-home model of early learning services on children’s language, cognitive, and/or social emotional/behavioral development. Four of those models (Abecedarian, Early Head Start, the Infant Health and Development Project, and the Parent-Child Development Centers) showed evidence of effectiveness on children’s outcomes. LITES joins other ongoing federal efforts in promoting broad awareness and use of evidence-based and high quality practices to help children realize their full potential.

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