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1. Sachdev, Anu., Kuhlman, Leah., Barrow, Kester. and Schmidt, Kristian. "Parent engagement in school preparedness: Preschool education initiative in Cambodia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-09-15 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This presentation will provide a brief overview and analysis of a preschool education initiative implemented by an international NGO in a rural area in Cambodia. This initiative is designed to prepare children for school through parent education and engagement. The model involves parents and children in home based preschools in a village community providing a safe and familiar environment to develop skills and knowledge to help their child get ready for primary school. The home environment facilitates discussion, knowledge sharing about issues relating to children and parenting while building a community of learners among parents. The unique history and culture of the country of Cambodia provides a backdrop for this contextualized collaborative effort between NGO, parents and the government. Objective and Purpose The study examined how a preschool model implemented by an NGO, Caring for Cambodia(CFC) is preparing children for primary school through parent engagement and education. CFC is a non-governmental organization with a mission to provide quality education for children in Cambodia. Since its inception in 2003, CFC has directed its efforts towards improving the education in primary schools in the Siem Reap province, Cambodia. CFC endorses the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) concept of 'Child Friendly Schools' (CFS) and has adopted its main elements in sponsored schools. Recognizing the importance of early experiences to future success in school, CFC embarked upon an early childhood initiative in 2009. With support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), the first preschool program started in Amelio village in 2009. This evaluation research examines how the CFC preschool program is preparing children for primary school through parent engagement and education. A formative, internal, and participatory evaluation process is used to understand the role of this program for school readiness through parent participation. Benefits to the community will also be discussed. The presentation will focus specifically on incorporating the perspectives of various stakeholders including families, teachers, CFC administration, and the community of the Amelio Village in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Thesis Statement Model of preschool education with key focus on parent engagement and education is used in a community in Siem Reap to prepare children for primary schools. Modes of Inquiry Data collection instruments included (1) document review; (2) focus groups; (3) individual interviews; and (4) observations. We have used a triangulation approach to enhance confidence in the ensuing findings. Using several sources has increased the reliability and validity of this data. The structure and qualities of the evaluation along with the carefully selected instruments will result in data to formulate effective recommendations.

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