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The Mobile preschool program evaluation was a two year, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study which examined whether the mobile preschool model increases developmental outcomes and school readiness for children living in remote Indigenous communities.
The study examined data for key socio-demographic and health factors recognised as determinants of development and educational outcomes, and long term health (school and health readiness indicators) of children aged five years from 30 remote communities. The data included:
The study used data from schools, clinics, carers, teachers and community profiles. Although researchers were keen to collect chronic disease information from children's clinic records, this data was mostly incomplete.
The evaluation was the first research of its kind to be conducted in Australia and the findings will play an important role in shaping early childhood services and policy for remote children.
Mobile preschool program
The Mobile preschool program uses a roaming (or mobile) preschool teacher to provide regular support and professional development to teachers from communities. In this way, the Northern Territory's Department of Education and Training is able to provide preschool to children aged 3 - 5 years who live in remote communities.
The Mobile preschool program evaluation is a Child development and education project of the Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE), of Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR).