The investigators aim to deliver a tele-wellness supported app to Baltimore City's Family Child Care Home (FCCH) providers who are caring for children of Essential Personnel. Once a pre-survey is conducted, login information will be assigned to 30 Family Child Care Home providers and parents the FCCH serve. Providers and Parents will receive self-care and parenting/parent engagement support through the app and through a tele-wellness service, Ask a Nurse, provided by community health nurses at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Children will have access to gamified learning materials in early literacy, math, social-emotional learning, and nutrition.
The investigators will adapt and deliver a tele-wellness supported digital toolkit via an app for Baltimore City's Family Child Care Home (FCCH) providers and the families the FCCH serve. Through this digital toolkit, the investigators aim to provide related self-care support, parent/parent engagement support for both Family Child Care Home providers and parents, and provide access to early literacy, math, social-emotional learning, and nutrition games for children (3-6 years old). Additionally, Family Child Care Home providers and parents will have access to a hotline and email to the Ask a Nurse program-a tele-wellness program run by community registered nurses at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Through Ask a Nurse, providers and parents will be able to receive wellness counseling from licensed registered nurses and care coordination to address specific social needs. The tele-wellness service is NOT intended to directly address health issues, diagnose, or prescribe. In summary, Family Child Care Home providers will have access to self-care and parent engagement resources and parents will have access to self-care and parenting resources in addition to the games for the child(ren). The first phase of this study is to tailor an existing app, Escribo Play that already has gamified early literacy and math tools, and expand its scope by including self-care and parenting/parent engagement support for Family Child Care Home Providers and the parents the FCCH serve. Additionally, the investigators are creating gamified social-emotional learning and nutrition games for the children. The second phase is a pre-post test where the investigator will recruit FCCH providers enrolled in the Essential Personnel Child Care or School-Aged program and the parents the FCCH serve to fill out health surveys before and 15 weeks post engagement with the app. The investigators hypothesize that engagement with the digital toolkit will improve provider and parental perceived level of stress, informational support, access to learning games, as well as social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in children.
Device: FamilyChildCare (provisional name of app)
Parents will provide their child(ren) access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer for approximately 30 minutes, three times per week for 15 weeks with a total dosage of instruction of about 22.5 hours. Parents and providers will receive self-care, parenting, and parent engagement tips and resources through push notifications twice a day. Additionally, daily reminders will be sent to parents through push notification to give their child(ren) access to the learning games. After 15 weeks of app engagement, the providers and parents will be contacted by the PI to notify them of the 15 week time mark and provide the information for post-surveys via Qualtrics.
Inclusion Criteria: - Licensed Family Child Care Home Providers operating in Baltimore City who are approved or was once approved to remain open during COVID-19 through the Essential Personnel Child Care or School-Aged Program. - Parents or legal adult guardians of young children (3-6 years old) who have utilized or continue to utilize the services of Family Child Care Home providers enrolled in the study. - All participants must have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Exclusion Criteria: - Licensed Family Child Care Home Providers not enrolled or was never enrolled in the Essential Personnel Child Care or School-Aged Program - Parents of young children (3-6 years old) who have not utilized the services of Licensed Family Child Care Home Providers in the Essential Personnel Child Care or School-Aged Program - FCCH providers not operating in Baltimore City - FCCH providers who do not have at least 1 parent consenting to participate in the study.
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland, 21205
Lucine Francis, PhD
Johns Hopkins University