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The Learning Basket

For training parents to educate their preschoolers

The Learning Basket enables parents and caregivers to nurture learning with infants and toddlers through play.  The following links give details on the Learning Basket:  Training brochure; Home Learning Basket®  Activities That Stimulate Brain Development Background Info Implementation Evaluation Results Message Play to Learn Book Learning Basket Training System Contact Info. Elise Packard has written about the effects of the Learning Basket in her dissertation, Project Demonstrating Excellence.


The Aditi Learning Centre in Pune, India, reaches out to rural young women, providing them with a safe and caring environment in which to complete their high-school education.  The Potali program of the Aditi Learning Centre helps parents of children aged 0 to 3 years. More than one thousand families have taken part since the program began in 2012. Eight two-member teams of practitioners work with 14 to 20 families for three months, exposing them to twelve distinct aspects of child care. The program’s impact is seen in the children’s improved diet, in family paradigms that now value the girl child, in helping parents stop physical disciplining of children, and in parents singing songs and reading stories with their children and allowing children to play with other children in the neighbourhood. Bhimrao Tupe shares his learning on this program in his Masters Thesis “A Study of Parenting Education” (2020).


A network of 17 ”books-in-a-box” library. Using the network of eight Potali staff, six Aditi teachers and three students in Pune, India, one thousand books for children and parents have been curated and distributed to 17 locations. While the program only began in February 2018, early reports indicate that children and parents are enthusiastic about the opportunity to read books. The system for stocking and exchanging the books is simple: take a few books and exchange them whenever they wish to.


Helen Heal wrote a review and evaluation of the Learning Basket in Mexico 2002-2005. 


Joaquina Rodriguez reported on the Learning Basket in Guatemala in the October 2018 Wind and Waves: “Social Dramas, Enchiladas, Toys and gardens: The Learning Basket Program Supports Rural Guatemalan Parents”.