Development of a Data-based Decision Making System to Support Educators' Promotion of Infants and Toddlers' Cognitive Problem-Solving Skills
In this project, the research team will develop and test a web-based tool that supports infant-toddler service providers' use of child data to individualize services for children at risk for delay in cognition, gross motor skills, communication, or social skills. Despite evidence that using child data to inform services and curriculum decisions improves child outcomes, infant-toddler educators often lack the training and resources needed to monitor children's progress on key outcomes and individualize their services based on those outcomes. This research team developed a web application called Making Online Decisions (MOD) that guides early childhood educators through a decision-making process to individualize language intervention services. Research demonstrated that children served by home visitors using the MOD show significantly stronger language growth than children whose home visitors did not use the MOD. However, the MODis specifically designed for use in home visiting contexts and intervention recommendations only target language delays. The goal of the current project is to develop the web-based MOD Management System (MMS) for designing, developing, and deploying custom MODs to infant-toddler agencies that can target delays in cognition, gross motor skills, communication, or social skills. To increase adoption and feasibility of the MODs, they will also be customized to each agency's service-delivery model (such as home visiting or center-based) and capable of embedding evidence-based intervention/curriculum materials currently used by the agency.
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914