Move 2 Learn


Background: The objective of the current study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Move 2 Learn (M2L) program (formerly known as PLAY) as delivered by non-experts in a community-based setting.

Methods: Four community centres were trained to implement M2L. Two sites compared children before and after completing the intervention (pre-post design) and the remaining two sites were compared to a group of children not enrolled in the M2L program (quasi-experimental design). Movement and pre-literacy skills were assessed twice in all children. Implementation fidelity was assessed using a weekly checklist and through site-visits.

Results: Thirty-one children (16 boys; age range 23-53 months) participated in the study. The pre-post design (n=14) showed significant change over time for movement and pre-literacy skills. The results of the quasi-experimental study (n=17) showed that there was an overall effect of the program on time 2 movement scores but not pre-literacy scores.

Conclusions: Overall, the M2L program had a positive impact on participants when delivered in a community-setting by trained, by non-expert leaders. Future research will need to evaluate the effectiveness of the program delivered by various educators in larger and more diverse samples of children, using more robust research designs, and whether there is long-term effect of M2L on health and academic outcomes in children.