ERIC Number: ED314174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Programs for Children At Risk of Academic Failure. Illinois School Improvement Update Series. Progress Report.
Pancrazio, Sally B.
This report reviews prekindergarten programs in fiscal years 1987-88 in Illinois, where an estimated 112,000 children of 3-4 years of age are at risk of academic failure. Each year, State Board of Education staff collect data on prekindergarten programs and the children they serve in order to answer four primary questions: (1) What are the characteristics of children served? (2) What are the characteristics of prekindergarten projects in Illinois? (3) How well do children do in prekindergarten and kindergarten? and (4) What factors seem to be related to success of children in prekindergarten? Sections of this report concern state requirements for receipt of grants for prekindergarten programs, evaluation of the state's prekindergarten program, and conclusions. Findings of the evaluation suggest that the state's program is successful even though relatively few children have participated in it. Children with a second year of prekindergarten program experience performed better in kindergarten readiness tests than children with only one year. Children of involved parents were more successful than those of uninvolved parents. Days of attendance may be related to children's success. Appendices provide the State Board of Education's policy statement on early childhood education, relevant sections of the School code of Illinois, and related tables of data. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois