ERIC Number: ED317653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Project Giant Step Chapter I Program 1987-88. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
This document comprises an evaluation of the 1987/88 expansion of Project Giant Step, a comprehensive preschool program for 4-year-olds, to 75 additional classrooms in 37 New York City schools, funded under Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act. Information was collected from application forms, attendance data, classroom logs and rosters, and site visits to 26 classrooms in 13 randomly selected schools. Staff included 23 teacher specialists, who supervised and coordinated activities, and a half-time social worker or psychologist for every 120 students. Two early childhood supervisors provided technical assistance and acted as liaisons to the New York City Board of Education. Classroom staff included a teacher, an educational assistant, and a family assistant. Children attended half-day sessions with a capacity for 20 students per classroom; average daily attendance per classroom was 10.5. The following findings are reported: (1) all classrooms were well equipped; (2) children were observed using materials and equipment that maximized opportunities for peer interaction; (3) teachers were engaged with students in developmentally appropriate activities; (4) the program met standards for quality educational experiences as set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and (5) attendance was low. Recommendations for improving attendance and communication are suggested. Seventeen tables of statistical data and a chart illustrating the organization and lines of communication within the project are included. Copies of the forms used to gather classroom information and a list of 10 references are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1