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Play-based childhood care and child development in Tanzania and Uganda
Last registered on August 02, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Play-based childhood care and child development in Tanzania and Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002357
Initial registration date
August 01, 2017
Last updated
August 02, 2017 12:03 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Notre dame
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Monash University
PI Affiliation
Monash University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-08-15
End date
2018-08-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Play supports imagination, creativity, problem-solving, perspective-taking, emotion regulation, the development of executive functions, and these are needed for success in school (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, 2000). Specifically, imaginative play develops very young children capacity to engage in abstraction, which is necessary for learning of concepts and to self-regulate (ability to focus on school learning) (Fleer, 2010). The proposed project will examine a low-cost play-based early childhood care and education in two sub-Saharan countries in Africa: Tanzania and Uganda. The study will evaluate children’s cognitive, language, social and emotional development and school readiness of an innovative play-based early childhood program being implemented by BRAC with support from Lego Foundation.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Fleer, Marilyn, Asadul Islam and Margaret Triyana. 2017. "Play-based childhood care and child development in Tanzania and Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2357-1.0.
Former Citation
Fleer, Marilyn, Asadul Islam and Margaret Triyana. 2017. "Play-based childhood care and child development in Tanzania and Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2357/history/20088.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We randomly assigned communities to treatment and control groups. The treatment arm involves Play-based ECD plus parental involvement. In addition to play-based ECD program, families (mother or grandmother) provide volunteering services at the play lab centers, one day per month participating in classroom activities.
Intervention Start Date
2016-08-15
Intervention End Date
2018-08-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Children's cognitive and non-cognitive development
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly assigned communities to control and treatment arms.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Community
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 communities
Sample size: planned number of observations
4000 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
200
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Assuming 110 clusters (40 comparison and 70 treatment communities) in Uganda, with 22 children per cluster at baseline and 10% attrition rate, intra-cluster correlation of 0.15, the minimum detectable effect (MDE) at 80% power is 0.282 standard deviations. In Tanzania, the MDE for overall impact of the Play Lab Project is 0.275 with 120 clusters (80 treatment and 40 control).
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Monash University
IRB Approval Date
2016-08-01
IRB Approval Number
IRB (ethics #) ;CF14/3188 - 2014001723
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers