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core topic(s)Early Literacy
Population CharacteristicsInfant/Newborn , Neonatal/NICU
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherClinic-Based Programs and Interventions , Implementation and Evaluation , Language and Literacy Development , Mother Goose on the Loose-Gooselings , Parent Behaviors and Skills , Parent Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs , Parent-Child Relationships/Interactions
objectivesTo evaluate the effect of a NICU parent education program on parents’ early language and literacy practices, and on their confidence interpreting and responding to infant signals.
exposureMother Goose on the Loose-Gooslings program (MGOL), a NICU Parent Education intervention
outcomes evaluatedParent early literacy and language practices and confidence interpreting and responding to infant signals
settingLevel IV SFR NICU located in a large, urban city in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. All parents and relatives of infants cared for in this NICU were eligible.
methodsDesign: Single group, pre- and post-test, mixed-methods evaluation design. Sample: One hundred and four parents and other caregivers completed questionnaires before and after the one-hour program. Ten parents participated in follow-up interviews. Main Outcome Variables: Before and after sessions, participants reported on frequency of their current and intended early language and literacy practices, and their confidence interpreting and responding to infant signals. Participants also reported program satisfaction. Interview participants reported their behavior change one to two weeks later.
sample sizen=104 (family members completed questionnaires); n=91 (infants); n=10 (parents completed interviews)
|Pre-Program Questionnaire: asked participants about demographic information, frequency of engagement with several early literacy and language activities with their infant, and confidence on caring for and understanding their infant’s needs.
Post-Program Questionnaire: asked participants about their satisfaction with the program and how it met its intended learning objectives, frequency of engagement with several early literacy and language activities with their infant, and open ended questions about what they liked most and what they would change about the program.
Semi Structured Interview: followed up about frequency of engagement with several early literacy and learning activities with their infant since attending the program, how the program impacted their knowledge and engagement in these activities, describing their interactions with their infant, and how the program impacted their confidence and comfort engaging in these activities and responding to their infant’s signals.