Early Childhood Dataset from Save the Children Sponsorship Programming in Yen Bai and Quang Nam

Vietnam | 2018 | Save the Children

This dataset includes data from 303 children and caregivers in Yen Bai and Quang Nam districts of Vietnam. The average age of children was 5.4 years. Data was collected as part of Save the Children Sponsorship programming in Lao Cai province.

Explore the Data: IDELA Domains and Equity

IDELA Domains and Equity

Average learning and development scores in IDELA domains

On average, children scored 41% correct on the IDELA assessment.

Distribution of total IDELA scores

While some children scored well overall, most children scored between 11-40% correct.

Distribution of children’s ages

Most children in the sample were five or six years old.

Average IDELA scores by child’s age

On average, one additional year was associated with an additional 14.2 percentage points
correct in overall IDELA score.

Distribution of children’s gender

52% of children in the sample were female. There were no differences in Total IDELA score by gender.

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 if they read stories to their children, taught them letters or numbers, or sung songs with their child. Home Learning Activities provide stimulation which can help children’s brains develop and children reach their developmental potential.

How many types of learning activities did caregivers engage in with children in the last week?

In general, children came from homes with a rich environment of home learning activities. 92% of caregivers reported in engaging in more than
four types of learning activities, with very few children not receiving any activities.

Do children who engage in more learning activities have stronger early learning and development?

For each additional home learning activity that caregivers report engaging in, children scored one percentage point higher on Total IDELA, on average.

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 toys that children can practice counting with. Toys and reading material provide a stimulating environment for children to explore, which can help boost learning and development and help reach their potential.

How many reading materials and toys do children have at home?

In general, children came from homes with many types of reading materials and toys. 96% of caregivers reported that they owned at least four
types of reading materials and toys.

Do children with more learning materials in the home have stronger early learning and development?

For each additional reading material or toys in the home, children scored 0.9 percentage points higher on Total IDELA, on average.

Wealth

Caregivers are asked about the types of possessions that they own: the type of possessions are contextual. For example, caregivers are asked if they have a mobile phone, a bicycle, and electricity in the home. While not directly impacting development, children from wealthier families often have more opportunities to develop.

How many types of possessions do families own?

Caregivers reported owning many different types of home possessions. However, the number of home possessions was not significantly
associated with children’s IDELA scores.