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West Virginia Kids Count Fund Every Day, Every Way! Early Literacy Toolkit Project Data Analysis Report April 2007 Prepared by: RMS Strategies. Table of Contents. Methodology………………………………………………… 3

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West Virginia Kids Count FundEvery Day, Every Way!Early Literacy Toolkit ProjectData Analysis ReportApril 2007 Prepared by:RMS Strategies

table of contents
Table of Contents

Methodology………………………………………………… 3

Section I: WIC ParticipantsExecutive Summary………………………………………... 4Key Findings………………………………………………… 7

Section II: Family Day Care ProvidersExecutive Summary………………………………………... 40Key Findings………………………………………………… 42

Research Instruments……………………………………... 75

methodology
Methodology
  • West Virginia Kids Count Fund administered paper questionnaires before and after delivery of the Early Literacy Toolkit, as well as collected and tabulated all data.
  • Not all questions were answered on the questionnaires, resulting in varying sample sizes for each question.
  • WIC Participants: Pre Test: Maximum of 2,480 completed questionnairesPre Test maximum sampling variation of +/- 1.96 percentage points Post Test: Maximum of 1,518 completed questionnairesPost Test maximum sampling variation of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Both at the 95% confidence level.
  • Family Day Care Providers: Pre Test: Maximum of 59 completed questionnairesPre Test maximum sampling variation of +/- 12.8 percentage points Post Test: Maximum of 33 completed questionnairesPost Test maximum sampling variation of +/- 17.1 percentage points. Both at the 95% confidence level.
wic participants are more likely to read a book to their baby daily after receiving the toolkit
WIC participants are more likely to read a book to their baby daily after receiving the toolkit.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Read a book to your baby

nearly all wic participants hug their child several times a day
Nearly all WIC participants hug their child several times a day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Hug your child

wic participants talk to their baby several times a day
WIC participants talk to their babyseveral times a day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Talk to your baby

wic participants are more likely to sing a song with their baby daily after receiving the toolkit
WIC participants are more likely to sing a song with their baby daily after receiving the toolkit.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Sing a song with your baby

half of wic participants say they tell their baby to be quiet once a week or less
Half of WIC participants say they tell their baby to be quiet once a week or less.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Tell your baby to be quiet

over half of wic participants play a game with their child several times a day
Over half of WIC participants play a game with their child several times a day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Play a game with your child

nearly all wic participants kiss their child several times a day
Nearly all WIC participants kiss their child several times a day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Kiss your child

most wic participants say they do not take time for themselves daily
Most WIC participants say they do not take time for themselves daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Take time out just for you

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After receiving the toolkit, WIC participants are more likely to frequently ask their child a question about something read to them.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Ask your child a question aboutsomething you read to him/her

most wic participants allow their children to watch a television program on a daily basis
Most WIC participants allow their children to watch a television program on a daily basis.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Let your child watch a television program

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After receiving the toolkit, WIC participants are more likely to read a nursery rhyme to their baby daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Read a nursery rhyme to your baby

nearly all wic participants give their child a toy to play with daily
Nearly all WIC participants give their child a toy to play with daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Give your child a toy to play with

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After receiving the toolkit, six in ten WIC participants agree talking to their baby at meal time prepares them to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Talking to your baby at meal time is a good wayto get him/her ready to read

most wic participants agree setting aside time to read prepares children to learn
Most WIC participants agree setting aside time to read prepares children to learn.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

To get your child ready to learn, you need toset aside special time every day to read children’s books

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Opinion is split among WIC participants as to teaching a foreign language to help their baby learn to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Teaching your baby a foreign languagewill help him/her learn to read

most wic participants agree that singing to a baby will prepare them to read
Most WIC participants agree that singing to a baby will prepare them to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Singing to your baby is a good wayto prepare him/her to read

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After receiving the toolkit, WIC participants are more likely to agree that letting their child play with everyday items prepares them to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Letting your child play with everyday itemshelps get him/her ready to learn to read

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Opinion is split among WIC participants as to letting their child watch cartoons to help prepare them to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Letting your child watch cartoons is a good wayto get him/her ready to read

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After receiving the toolkit, WIC participants tend to agree that giving hugs and kisses prepares their baby to learn to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

When you give your baby hugs and kisses,you are preparing him/her to learn to read

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Opinion is mixed among WIC participants as to age three being the starting point for preparing to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Age three is the best timeto prepare your child to learn to read

most wic participants agree that memorizing facts prepares children to read
Most WIC participants agree that memorizing facts prepares children to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Teaching your child to memorize factsis a good way to get him/her ready to read

six in ten wic participants say the toolkit was very helpful
Six in ten WIC participants say the toolkit was very helpful.

“Overall, how helpful was the Every day, Every way! Toolkit in reminding you to add love, talk, rhyme, read and play to your everyday activities with your child?”

Post Test Only (n=1452)

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Six in ten WIC participants rate the Every day, Every way! Book very helpful for practicing Building Blocks of Learning.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with your child?”

Every day, Every way! BookPost Test Only (n=1446)

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Half of WIC participants say the Activity Mat was very helpful in practicing Building Blocks of Learning.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with your child?”

Every day, Every way! Activity MatPost Test Only (n=1431)

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Nearly three-fourths of WIC participants say the Snack Holder was very helpful in practicing the Building Blocks of Learning.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with your child?”

Snack HolderPost Test Only (n=1445)

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Six in ten WIC participants say the Dry Erase Magnet was very helpful in practicing Building Blocks of Learning.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with your child?”

Dry Erase MagnetPost Test Only (n=1438)

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Half of WIC participants say the Talk To Me! Bib was very helpful in practicing the Building Blocks of Learning.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with your child?”

Talk To Me! BibPost Test Only (n=1438)

four in ten wic participants read the every day every way book in the past week
Four in ten WIC participants read the Every day, Every way! Book in the past week.

“When was the last time you…?”

Read the Every day, Every way! BookPost Test Only (n=1416)

over half of wic participants have used the activity mat within the past day week
Over half of WIC participants have used the Activity Mat within the past day/week.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Every day, Every way! Activity MatPost Test Only (n=1406)

half of wic participants used the snack holder within the past day
Half of WIC participants used the Snack Holder within the past day.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Snack HolderPost Test Only (n=1413)

four in ten wic participants used the dry erase magnet within the past day
Four in ten WIC participants used the Dry Erase Magnet within the past day.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Dry Erase MagnetPost Test Only (n=1414)

three in ten wic participants never use the talk to me bib
Three in ten WIC participants never use the Talk To Me! Bib.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Talk To Me! BibPost Test Only (n=1404)

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Section II:Family Day Care Providers- Executive Summary –Due to small sample sizes, caution should be used when interpreting results.
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Day care providers are slightly more likely to read a book to babies daily after receiving the toolkit.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Read a book to the babies in your care

approximately nine in ten pre test and post test hug their children several times daily
Approximately nine in ten (pre-test and post-test) hug their children several times daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Hug the children in your care

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Approximately ninety percent of the pre-test and post-test providers talk to their children several times daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Talk to the babies in your care

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Day care providers are slightly more likely to sing songs several times daily after receiving the toolkit.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Sing a song with the young children in your care

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Approximately half of the providers (pre-test and post-test) tell their children to be quiet once a week or less.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Tell the babies in your care to be quiet

more than one half of day care providers play games several times a day
More than one-half of day care providers play games several times a day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Play a game with the young children in your care

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Post-test respondents were more inclined to kiss the young children in their care several times daily.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Kiss the young children in your care

about half of day care providers take time for themselves one time per day
About half of day care providers take time for themselves one time per day.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Take time out just for you

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There is an increase in the percentage who regularly (daily) asked the children about something read to them.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Ask the young children in your care a questionabout something you have read to them

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Post-test respondents are more likely to let their children watch TV programs on a daily (or more frequent) basis.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Let the children in your carewatch a television program

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Post-test respondents are more likely to read nursery rhymes to their children on a daily (or more frequent) basis.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Read a nursery rhyme to the babies in your care

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Nearly nine in ten of both pre-test and post-test respondents give the young children in their care a toy to play with.

“How often do you do each of the following things?”

Give the young children in your carea toy to play with

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Post-test providers show much stronger agreement that talking to your baby at mealtime encourages reading.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Talking to the babies in your care at meal time is a good way to get them ready to read

a high percentage agree on the need to set aside special time for reading
A high percentage agree on the need to set aside special time for reading.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

To get the young children in your care ready to learn, you need to set aside a special time every dayto read children’s books

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Day care providers are not entirely convinced that teaching a foreign language will help children learn to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Teaching the young children in your care a foreign language will help them learn to read

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Post-test respondents are much more inclined to agree that singing is a good way to prepare children to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Singing to the babies in your care is a good wayto prepare them to learn to read

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There is strong agreement that letting children play with everyday items helps prepare them for learning.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Letting the young children in your care play with everyday items helps get them ready to learn

post test providers are more likely to agree that cartoons can help children prepare to read
Post-test providers are more likely to agree that cartoons can help children prepare to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Letting the children in your care watch cartoons is a good way to get them ready to read

post test agreement is much stronger that hugs and kisses help prepare children to learn to read
Post-test agreement is much stronger that hugs and kisses help prepare children to learn to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

When you give babies in your care hugs and kisses,you are preparing them to learn to read

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Day care providers are divided on whether age three is the best time to prepare children to learn to read.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Age three is the best time to preparethe children in your care to learn to read

post test providers are more likely to agree that memorizing facts helps in reading preparation
Post-test providers are more likely to agree that memorizing facts helps in reading preparation.

“How much do you agree with the following statements?”

Teaching the babies in your care to memorize factsis a good way to get them ready to read

over eight in ten rate the toolkit as very helpful
Over eight in ten rate the Toolkit as “very” helpful.

“Overall, how helpful was the Every day, Every way! Toolkit in reminding you to add love, talk, rhyme, read and play to your everyday activities with the children in your care?”

Post Test Only (n=33)

100 rate the every day every way book as helpful
100% rate the Every day, Every way! Book as helpful.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with the children in your care.”

Every day, Every way! BookPost Test Only (n=33)

eight in ten day care providers rate the activity mat as helpful
Eight in ten day care providers ratethe Activity Mat as helpful.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with the children in your care.”

Every day, Every way! Activity MatPost Test Only (n=33)

more than eight in ten providers rate the snack holder as very helpful
More than eight in ten providers rate the Snack Holder as “very” helpful.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with the children in your care.”

Snack HolderPost Test Only (n=33)

100 rate the dry erase magnet as helpful
100% rate the Dry Erase Magnet as helpful.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with the children in your care.”

Dry Erase MagnetPost Test Only (n=33)

more than eight in ten rate the talk to me bib as very helpful
More than eight in ten rate the Talk to Me! Bib as “very” helpful.

“Please rate each of the following toolkit items on how much they have helped you practice the Building Blocks of Learning with the children in your care.”

Talk To Me! BibPost Test Only (n=33)

nearly all have read the every day every way book within the past day or week
Nearly all have read the Every day, Every way! Book within the past day or week.

“When was the last time you…?”

Read the Every day, Every way! BookPost Test Only (n=31)

nearly nine in ten have used the activity mat in the past day or week
Nearly nine in ten have used the Activity Mat in the past day or week.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Every day, Every way! Activity MatPost Test Only (n=31)

over eight in ten have used the snack holder within the past day or week
Over eight in ten have used the Snack Holder within the past day or week.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Snack HolderPost Test Only (n=31)

most day care providers have used the magnet within the past day
Most day care providers have used the Magnet within the past day.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Dry Erase MagnetPost Test Only (n=31)

most have used the bib within the past day but a relatively high percentage have never used it
Most have used the Bib within the past day, but a relatively high percentage have never used it.

“When was the last time you…?”

Used the Talk To Me! BibPost Test Only (n=31)

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