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Implementation of Early Achievements for Childcare Providers: A cluster-randomized controlled trial

A research-to-practice gap exists in childcare settings, particularly affecting instruction to children with developmental delays (DD) including those with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study aimed to improve implementation of evidence-based instructional practices by childcare providers in inclusive center-based classrooms; a secondary aim was to examine effects on social and communication outcomes of toddlers with DD and/or ASD. Forty-eight childcare providers from 27 centers and 46 toddlers with social and/or communication delays (mean age = 28.5 months) participated in a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Providers were randomized, at the center level, to Instruction-As-Usual (IAU) or the Early Achievements for Childcare Providers (EA-CP) condition. EA-CP providers received two workshops and weekly, job-embedded coaching. Providers' use of evidence-based instructional practices delivered within a book sharing activity, and toddlers' cognitive, language, and social communication skills were assessed prior to and following training. Significantly greater gains from pre- to post-training in implementation of EA-CP instructional practices were observed in the EA-CP than IAU group (p
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United States

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