An outcome evaluation of a professional development opportunity focusing on sexuality education for early learning professionals
This outcome evaluation assesses the impact of a one-day professional development opportunity in sexuality education for early learning professionals. A non-experimental pre-test/post-test research design evaluated the experiences of 28 participants. Thematic analysis and paired samples t-tests analyzed the perceived impacts and differences between pre- and post-test assessments. Positive changes were demonstrated in participants’ (a) perceptions of their daily practice, specifically increases in knowledge, comfort, and confidence in answering children’s questions about sexuality, and increased communication between staff and parents; and (b) preparedness to address sexuality in early learning settings. Recommendations for practice aim to increase professional capacity and provide the necessary support for early learning professionals.