ERIC Number: ED201382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
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Chicago EARLY Program: Initial Implementation of a Preventive Prekindergarten Program.
Naron, Nancy K.; Perlman, Carole L.
The Chicago EARLY Program identifies and provides remediation for prekindergarten-age children who are considered likely to have school learning problems later. Consisting of an assessment and a corresponding curriculum, the program is designed for any preschool teacher to use as part of his or her regular program. The EARLY materials were first implemented on a citywide basis in the Chicago public schools' prekindergarten classrooms in the 1979-80 school year among Title I ESEA Child-Parent Centers, Head Start Programs and other Title I ESEA Early Childhood Programs involving approximately 150 teachers. To facilitate the citywide implementation of the materials, inservice training was delivered in two half-day sessions. Subsequently, teachers were required to administer the EARLY Assessment to each 3- or 4-year-old child. Responses to program evaluation questionnaires suggest that the materials were perceived as useful and practical. Teachers found the assessment component easy to use and found the non-mandatory curriculum component helpful in delineating readiness skills expected of the prekindergarten child. The materials appeared to facilitate parent involvement. Of the teachers who responded to the evaluation questionnaire, 48% said they used the assessment results to individualize their program. (Additional findings of the evaluation are reported.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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