This sample includes data from 386 children caregivers in Tuzla Canton, Bosnia. These data were collected as part of the baseline measure for a quasi-experimental study of different types of preschool programming. Save the Children's Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) program was being implemented in the area and, in partnership with the local government, was testing differences between full-year and accelerated preschool programs. The average age of children was 5.7 years.
IDELA Domains and Equity
Average learning and development scores in IDELA domains
On average, children scored 63% correct on the IDELA assessment.
Distribution of Total IDELA scores
There was a large range in children’s scores, but the most common score range was 71-80% correct.
Distribution of children’s ages
Most children in the sample were six years old.
Average IDELA scores by child’s age
On average, one additional year was associated with an additional eight percentage points correct in overall IDELA score.
Distribution of children’s gender
50% of children in the sample were female.
Average Total IDELA score by child’s gender
On average, girls scored significantly higher than boys on the overall IDELA score.
Home Learning Activities
Caregivers are asked about the types of learning activities they engaged in with their children in the past week. For example, caregivers are asked questions about whether they read stories to their child, taught letters or numbers, and/or sang songs with their child. Home learning activities provide stimulation which can help children reach their full developmental potential.
How many types of learning activities did caregivers engage in with children in the last week?
99% of caregivers reported engaging in four or more learning activities with their children.
Do children who engage in more types of learning activities have stronger early learning and development?
The number of home learning activity types was significantly positively related to children’s IDELA scores. One additional learning activity was associated with a one percentage point increase in the overall IDELA score.
Learning Materials in the Home
Caregivers are asked about the types of reading materials and toys they have in the home. For example, caregivers are asked if they have storybooks, puzzles, and/or toys that children can practice counting with. Toys and reading material provide a stimulating environment for children to explore, which can help boost early learning and development.
How many types of reading materials and toys do children have at home?
100% of caregivers report owning four or more types of learning materials.
Do children with more types of learning materials have stronger early learning and development?
The number of learning material types was significantly positively related to children’s IDELA scores. An additional type of learning material was associated with a one percentage point increase in the overall IDELA score.
Caregivers are asked about the types of possessions that they own. The exact types of possessions asked about is contextual. For example, caregivers may be asked if they have a mobile phone, a bicycle, and/or electricity in the home. While not directly impacting early learning and development, children from wealthier families often have more opportunities.
How many types of possessions do families own?
Family wealth was not significantly related to children’s IDELA scores.