Publications, Training Materials, and Further Resources

Whole Child International is committed to developing and implementing evidence-based best practices in childcare and child welfare, and to working closely with and learning from other organizations in order to ensure that all resources improve children’s lives and outcomes as effectively and broadly as possible. Our publications are part of our commitment to global leadership in this field, and our work is intended to illustrate our practices, demonstrate their effectiveness, contribute to the literature, and create a solid basis for training practitioners.

Please explore the works listed below. For further information, please contact the organization at info@wholechild.org.

Resources for Caregiver Training and University Instruction

The following materials have been developed by Whole Child’s program team to form the basis of our training and continuing education programs.

University course for leaders and practitioners in early-childhood care:

“Developing the Whole Child: Best Childcare Practices in Limited-Resource Settings for Children 0-8 Years of Age.” Shabazian, A.N. (2013). Lopez, M.E. (ed.).

Training for staff who directly interact with children:

“Caregiver Training: Best Practices in Early-Childhood Group Care in Limited-Resource Settings” (Vols. 1-8). Shabazian, A.N. (2012). Lopez, M.E. (ed.) Including such topics as: Administrative Practices for Quality Care, Communication, Cognitive Development, Routines, Observation, Temperaments and Identity, Play, Materials, and Environment.

Resource manual for quick reference best practices in childcare:

“Best Practices in Early-Childhood Care in Limited-Resource Institutions.” Shabazian, A.N., & Lopez, M.E. (2011).

Resources for Care Setting Measurement

Whole Child International has developed a vital measurement tool to serve the unmet need to assess care settings with limited resources, for which dominant measurement tools generally cannot make accurate assessments. To optimize its use in these settings and reduce barriers for such use, this tool has been adapted into an app by our partners at

Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research.

Rating tool to evaluate the quality of care in limited-resource childcare settings:

Whole Child International Quality Childcare Universal Assessment for Limited-Resource Settings (WCI-QCUALS). Shabazian, A.N., Lopez, M.E., & Spencer, K.A. (2013).

Publications

Articles by Whole Child International

“Orphanage Improvement: An Important Part of the Child-Protection Discussion.” Lopez, M., Shabazian, A., & Spencer, K. (2013). Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, 21 (4), 7-12.

Third-party publications analyzing the impact of Whole Child International programs

“Structure, Caregiver-Child Interactions, and Children’s General Physical and Behavioral Development in Three Central American Institutions.” Groark, C.J., McCall, R.B., McCarthy, S.K., Eichner, J.C., & Gee, A.D. (2013) International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, Vol. 2 (3), 207-224.

“The Effects of a Social–Emotional Intervention on Caregivers and Children with Disabilities in Two Central American Institutions.” Groark, C.J.; McCall, R.B., McCarthy, S.K., Eichner, J.C., Warner, H.A., Salaway, J., Palmer, K., Lopez, M.E. (2013). Infants & Young Children. Vol. 26 (4), pp. 286–305.

“The Effects of a Social-Emotional Intervention on Caregivers and Children in Five Central American Institutions” Groark, C.J., McCall, R.B., McCarthy, S.K., Eichner, J.C., Warner, H.A., Salaway, J. and Palmer, K. (2012). University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, Prepared for Whole Child International and the Inter-American Development Bank. Unpublished.

“Characteristics of Environments, Caregivers, and Children in Three Central American Orphanages.” Groark, C.J., McCall, R.B., Fish, L.A., & the Whole Child International Team (2011). Infant Mental Health Journal, 32 (5), 509-525.

“A Social-Emotional Intervention in a Latin American Orphanage.” McCall, R.B., Groark, CJ., Fish, L., Harkins, D., Serrano, G., & Gordon, K. (2010). Infant Mental Health Journal, 31 (5), 521-542.

“Managua Orphanage Baseline Report.” Groark, C.J., McCall, R.B., Fish, L., & the Whole Child International Evaluation Team (2008). Prepared for Whole Child International and the Inter-American Development Bank. Unpublished.

Recent Conferences and Workshops

International Society for Child Indicators

  • 2017 Montreal, Canada

Christian Alliance for Orphans

  • 2017 Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Both Ends Burning

Zero to Three

Joint Council on International Children’s Services Annual Child Welfare Symposium

  • 2014 San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2013 New York, NY, USA
  • 2012 New York, NY, USA

2nd International Research in Early Childhood Education (IRECE) Conference

  • 2014 Santiago, Chile

Oxford Education Research Symposium

  • 2014 Oxford, England

II Congreso Internacional de Educación Inicial USFQ 2014

  • 2014 Quito, Ecuador

Segundo Foro Regional de Primer Infancia (Second Regional Forum on Early Childhood)

  • 2012 Managua, Nicaragua
A slide from Whole Child presentations puts the caregiver/child relationship right where it belongs — at the center of everything.

A slide from Whole Child presentations puts the caregiver/child relationship right where it belongs — at the center of everything.