Because the project to build the database is quite huge, it requires careful planning. Thus, this project first conducted a three-year “Pilot Research Project of Child Development Database” during the period of time from August, 2011 to July, 2014. During these three years, a total of four specific goals had been achieved:
- 1. To confirm the position, research structure, and research issues of the child development database in Taiwan.
- 2. To develop evaluation tools for the development of children aged 0~5 years in cognitive linguistics, social emotions, and body movements and environments and their family environment quality and experiences, and external educare environment and experiences institutions.
- 3. To perform the pilot study for the formal study.
- 4. To perform a preliminary study for the research issues.
Because there are very limited tools in Taiwan for evaluating children’s development in cognitive linguistics, social emotions, and body movements, their family environment quality and experiences, and their external educare services, environments, quality, and experiences, and these tools are not suitable for the research structure of this database and not sufficient to study the research issues proposed by this project, our team decided to develop our own evaluation tools.
The New Taipei City pilot study is a simulation of the nation-wide interview survey. From October, 2013 to March, 2014, random surveys of children in New Taipei City of 7 different age groups, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months, and 54 months, were conducted. The sampling work was outsourced to the Center for Survey Research, Academia Sinica, and the census data were obtained from the Department of Household Registration, Ministry of the Interior after the application was approved. The pilot study covers interview surveys with questionnaires (for parents and educare staffs), individual tests for children, and observations of family and educare environments. The pilot study data were used for the preliminary study of the research issues. The analysis results were released and presented during the “Child Development Database Pilot Study Seminar” held in December 20th, 2014.