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Article, 2023

Early childhood educator's implementation readiness and intervention fidelity: Findings from a person-centered study

In: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, ISSN 1873-7706, 0885-2006, Volume 63, Pages 156-168, 10.1016/j.ecresq.2022.12.006

Contributors (7)

Bleses, Dorthe (0000-0003-1670-4742) (Corresponding author) [1] Willemsen, Marinka Marianne [1] Purtell, Kelly M (0000-0002-7744-7543) [2] Justice, Laura M [2] Slot, Pauline Louise (0000-0001-8940-2097) [3] Dybdal, Line [4] Højen, Anders (0000-0003-2923-5084) [1]


  1. [1] Aarhus University
  2. [NORA names: AU Aarhus University; University; Denmark; Europe, EU; Nordic; OECD]
  3. [2] The Ohio State University
  4. [NORA names: United States; America, North; OECD]
  5. [3] Utrecht University
  6. [NORA names: Netherlands; Europe, EU; OECD]
  7. [4] Rambøll Management Consulting, Aarhus, Denmark


Research has indicated that early educators’ intervention fidelity is a significant predictor of children's responsiveness to classroom interventions. To improve understanding of predictors of intervention fidelity in early childhood settings, this study adopted a person-centered approach to identify profiles of “implementation readiness” in 1,192 Danish educators, and to examine relations with implementation fidelity. Multilevel latent profile analyses including setting-level characteristics as well as characteristics particular to the individual educator, showed reliable profiles of general and intervention-specific implementation readiness, which were associated with proportion of fulltime educators, employees with a teaching-related pre-service education, and investment in professional development. Higher and more positive implementation readiness predicted implementation dosage and adherence to early childhood interventions.


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