VIP is a unique, impactful, low-cost program, originally designed to be delivered in pediatric primary care, to prevent achievement gaps before they occur by supporting parent-child early relational health. It has also proved to be effective in diverse places such as community settings and preschool. VIP has strong evidence based on randomized controlled trials, has grown to 15 locations, and is ready for large-scale expansion.
Parent-child reading aloud intervention in Brazil led to improved parent-child interactions, with increased cognitive stimulation and enhanced reading quality and quantity.
Children in the intervention group exhibited higher performance in receptive vocabulary, working memory, and IQ, showcasing the program's positive impact on child development.
The study suggests that the intervention's benefits extended across various literacy levels, emphasizing the importance of promoting shared reading, even for low-literacy families, in preventive programs.
Expert evaluations and pre-VIP interviews informed successful translation and adaptation of materials, ensuring cultural appropriateness and efficiency by broadening age ranges.
Post-participation interviews revealed positive feedback on the acceptability, cultural relevance, and appropriateness of VIP sessions. Findings support the implementation of adapted reading aloud programs in remote areas of Brazil and other low- to middle-income countries.
Implementation and Research in Brazil
Families participating in UBB
VIP in Brazil Team
Dr. Alan Mendelsohn
Principal Investigator NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Eileen Pfeiffer Flores, PhD
Investigator Institute of Psychology University of Brasília
Denise Mazzuchelli, MSC
Investigator and Visiting Researcher at NYU, from University of Brasilia
Renan Sargiani, PhD
CEO of EDUBE Institute in Brazil
VIP Brazil 2024 is grateful to EDUBE Institute for their collaboration with the intervention materials and data collection. We also would like to thank the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education - CAPES Brazil, the Postgraduate Program in Behavioral Science from UnB and NYU Grossman School of Medicine.