Dr. Sam Cheung
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr. Catherine McBride-Chang
Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Have conducted a research study to test the effectiveness of the parent coaching program of the Arcanys Early Learning Foundation promoting young children’s early mathematical abilities (number sense) using a number card game (the ChildUp cards).
The findings will be written up and submitted for publication to an international journal sometime in 2013.
The initial findings of the study are
The families who received parent-child coaching had an increase in number sense abilities of 635% in a matter of 2.5 months of training (about 30 individual home visits) in parallel with a 2 hours daycare program, in comparison to an improvement of 90% for the control group of children who were only going to a 2 hours daycare. The improvement was therefore 7 times larger with regular home coaching than without.