We will have four groups of parents (and children): 1. Head Start with the usual parenting engagement program (in Starr and Zapata Counties), 2. Head Start with PCEP (in Starr and Zapata Counties), 3. PCEP only (Hidalgo County), 4. No PCEP (Hidalgo County). Each one of these groups will have N=100 parents and N=100 children. We do not randomly assign parents to Head Start or not Head Start because the family's residential address determines participation in the Head Start Program. However, we use the lottery to randomly assign parents (and children) to the PCEP program or control condition.
If a participant decides to participate in the study, the participant will participate in A) the PCEP (Parents-Child Education Program) program and program lottery and B) the five evaluation study visits.
The PCEP program includes in-person three-hour sessions every week, and the program lasts nine months. For the five evaluation study visits, we use a cognitive toy box to assess the child. The first visit is right after the participant enrollment, the second and third visits will be during the PCEP program, the fourth visit will be done at the end of the PCEP program, and lastly, the fifth visit will be made at a six-month follow-up. We will interview parents at two points in time, at the first and the fourth visit.