Impact of a Social-emotional Skills-Building Program (Pisotón) on Early Development of Children in Colombia: A Pilot Effectiveness Study

Jimena Cosso, Ana Rita Russo de Vivo, Sascha Hein, Liceth Paola Reales Silvera, Lucero Ramirez-Varela, Liliana Angelica Ponguta

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Abstract

Quality early childhood development (ECD) settings that address children's needs holistically provide safe and nurturing opportunities for children to thrive. We evaluated, through a quasi-experimental design, the impact of a social-emotional skills-building program (Pisotón) across ECD centers in Colombia. Developmental outcomes of children participating in Pisotón (n = 37) for 12 weeks were compared to those of children who did not participate in the program (n = 37) using the International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) measure and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). The results show that participation in Pisotón significantly increased children's social-emotional development score by 0.37 standard deviation units as assessed by IDELA. Study implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101898
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume111
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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  • Education

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