The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd conducted a rigorous study of the impact of an on-site caregiver training intervention, the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), on child development and childcare program quality. The study was conducted in Southern California and Arizona.
The PITC intervention approach combines direct caregiver training and on-site coaching or other tailored assistance. This study tested a specific implementation model of PITC, with delivery of 64 hours of training and 40 hours of on-site coaching and support, requiring an average of 14 months for full implementation.
PITC did not have a statistically significant effect on children’s cognitive/language or behavior. Further, PITC did not have a
statistically significant effecton overall measures of program quality or on staff-child interactions.