California, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee

USA | 2016 | Save the Children

This dataset includes data from 160 children and 131 caregivers in four states of the United States of America. Data was collected in areas where Save the Children works in California, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The average age of children was 4.1. This data was collected in the Fall/Winter of 2016 as a part of experimental pilot assessment of the IDELA tool to determine its usefulness and validity in the United States context.

IDELA Domains and Equity Factors

Average learning and development scores in IDELA domains

On average, children scored 54% correct on the IDELA assessment.

Distribution of Total IDELA scores

Total IDELA scores were fairly high, with the the 61-70% range being the most common. However, scored were skewed towards the lower end. Many children scored below the 61-70% range, whereas very few scored higher.

Distribution of children’s ages

Most children in the sample (69%) were four years old.

Average IDELA scores by child’s age

All domains were significantly associated with age. On average, one additional year of age was associated with an additional 16 percentage points correct in overall IDELA score.

Distribution of children’s gender

61% of children in the sample were female. There were no significant differences in IDELA scores between girls and boys.

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?

In general, caregivers in the sample reported engaging in a wide variety of learning activities with their children. Nearly all caregivers reported engaging in at least four types of learning activities with their children within the past week. While there is often a relationship between home learning activities and early learning and development, we did not observe a significant relationship in this dataset.

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?

All caregivers in the sample reported possessing at least four types of learning materials in the home. While we often see a relationship between the number of types of learning materials in the home and IDELA score, we did not observe any significant relationship in this dataset.