The Early Childhood Intervention Project
The Early Childhood Intervention Project (The Project) is a cross-disciplinary intervention research aiming to examine the effectiveness of a family and internet based intervention to promote the developmental outcomes of young children living in poverty. Through research, we hope to identify the most effective way to enhance the developmental outcomes of disadvantaged young children through unleashing parental resources embedded in the family system, utilizing technological resources and tapping into the human resources enjoyed by the older population of Hong Kong. In the long run, the Project is expected to drive up the social mobility of children living in poverty through promoting their holistic development.
The Project will involve a total of 1,200 young children aged between 2 to 3 years old. The Project will last for 24 months, including a city wide population baseline survey profiling the socio-economic status of low income families in Hong Kong (n=1,200) and a longitudinal randomized control trail targeting at 200 parents-children dyads. Based on the Experiential Learning Model, parents will receive internet-based training on child development. A train the trainer model is adopted, so that parent will be supervised by elderly mentors to promote the positive development of their children in daily settings. Professional trainings are given to the elderly mentors by the Project team comprising family therapists, social workers and child psychologists.
The Project is an academic collaboration among professors and researchers from the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology, and Washington University in St Louis.