Readiness to Learn in Minority Francophone Communities: Project Implementation Report - SRDC

Readiness to Learn in Minority Francophone Communities: Project Implementation Report

Authors:Annie BérubéLouise LegaultLouise JanisseRobyn CarsonMarie-Anne SaucierLorraine Lefebvre

This report aims to document the implementation of the Readiness to Learn in Minority Francophone Communities project (abbreviated title: Readiness to Learn project; formerly the Child Care Pilot Project, CCPP), a demonstration project funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

The Social Research Demonstration Corporation’s (SRDC) services were retained to implement, manage, gather and analyze project data. The project tests a preschool daycare program whose objective is to develop a child’s language skills, knowledge and use of French, awareness of and identification with the Francophone culture as well as favour his or her preparation for school and overall development.

The program is evaluated using a quasi-experimental research design with non-equivalent comparison groups. The research design includes three treatment groups: a program group made up of children enrolled in a francophone daycare offering the new preschool program; a comparison group consisting of children enrolled at a francophone daycare that does not offer the new program; and a comparison group of children who are cared for at home or in an informal family daycare setting.

The first comparison group aims to control for the influence of a formal daycare setting on child development, a treatment in itself. The second comparison group controls for the influence of an informal daycare setting on child development. The project includes two cohorts—the first was recruited in 2007 and the second was recruited in 2008.

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