Download the full text: Shelton_2021_Ready for Kindergarten – a Bilingual Family Literacy Program in Primary Care
study descriptionProgram development and single-arm pilot study.
core topic(s)Early Literacy , Pediatric Primary Care
Population CharacteristicsKindergarten , Lingually Diverse , Poverty/Low-Income , Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherClinic-Based Programs and Interventions , Implementation and Evaluation , Ready and Healthy for Kindergarten , School Readiness and Educational Outcomes , Validity, Reliability, Feasibility, and Acceptability
additional materialsShelton_2021_Poster Presentation
objectivesTo describe the development and pilot testing of a bilingual family literacy program (FLP) for dual language learners entering kindergarten implemented in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
exposureReady and Healthy for Kindergarten program.
outcomes evaluatedProgram attendance and acceptability.
settingA FQHC in a Northeastern city in the US with a population of approximately 55,000 people. Most of the patients served at the FQHC identify as Hispanic/Latino (71%) and have incomes below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (84%).
methodsThe Ready and Healthy for Kindergarten program is an English-Spanish bilingual FLP that uses four parent and pediatrician-prioritized health topics to introduce early English literacy skills to families and promote health behaviors that are important for school readiness while encouraging maintenance of Spanish. We developed an FLP manual, conducted a 16-week single-arm pilot study, and modified the FLP based on family feedback and observation.
sample sizen=14 (parent-child dyads)
Measure of Parent/Child Engagement: observational field notes.
Measures of Enrollment, Attendance, and Retention: the number of families that agreed to participate over approached and the number of families that completed the outcome assessment over those enrolled.
Measure of Parent Acceptability: the Acceptability of Intervention Measure (AIM) and the following two open-ended prompts:
- “Please tell us about your experience with the program”.
- “Please use 3 words to describe the program”.