ERIC Number: ED316337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Project Giant Step. Year Two Report: The Study of Program Effects. Executive Summary.
Layzer, Jean I.; And Others
This is the second report on the evaluation of Project Giant Step, a program aiming to establish universal, comprehensive services to all 4-year-olds in New York, starting with low-income children in New York City who are not served by existing programs. The program combines an appropriate developmental and educational experience for children with support services for families and a program that involves parents in their children's education. This volume presents findings of a preliminary study of Giant Step's effects on children, families, and staff over the first 2 years of the 3-year evaluation study. Findings indicated that both cohorts of Giant Step children made cognitive gains more than twice as great as those expected in normal development. Participants' scores on a cognitive test were almost 2.5 times higher than those of children in other early childhood programs serving similar populations. Gains in social skills and classroom ability were also greater than those in normal development. The program successfully involved parents in activities with their children and parent education. Program staff were responsive to requests from parents for help. Parents were very satisfied with Giant Step's program for their children. The program was successful in recruiting and retaining highly qualified staff. (RH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Community Programs, Comparative Analysis, Compensatory Education, Developmental Programs, Followup Studies, Interpersonal Competence, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)