The We Grow Together Professional Development System, Final Report of the 2019 Field Test

The We Grow Together Professional Development System, Final Report of the 2019 Field Test

OPRE Report #2020-170
Published: Dec 30, 2020
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Associated Project

We Grow Together: The Professional Development Tools for Improving Quality for Infant and Toddler Care

Time frame: 2015–2023

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Authors

Timothy Bruursema

Ann Li

Elizabeth Blesson

Judy Cannon

Ayesha De Mond

Anna Heckler

Key Findings

Findings from the field test included:

  • Caregivers reported stronger beliefs and knowledge about supporting children’s language development after WGT implementation than before.
  • From fall 2018 to spring 2019, observations of caregiver quality indicated improvements in Support for Social-Emotional Development, as measured by the Q-CCIIT instrument scores.
  • Dosage of WGT was positively related to the overall spring Q-CCIIT classroom quality score and the Support for Language and Literacy Development and Support for Cognitive Development domain scores.

The field test of We Grow Together (fall 2018-spring 2019) examined whether We Grow Together could be used by early childhood professionals to support change in beliefs, knowledge, or practice concerning infants and toddlers. The field test included a purposive sample of 271 pairs of caregivers and their local PD providers from 10 geographic areas.  We collected implementation data; web user tracking data from the website; web surveys of caregivers, PD providers and family child care (FCC) providers; paper-and-pencil classroom rosters; and classroom observations using the Q-CCIIT observation tool in participating cent-based classrooms and FCC settings.

Executive Summary

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