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

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Authors

Sally Atkins-Burnett

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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