ERIC Number: ED329585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
State-Funded Program for High-Risk Four-Year-Olds, 1989-90 Evaluation Report.
Rachal, Janella; Abshire, Barbara
The Louisiana State-Funded Program for High-Risk Four-Year-Olds (SPHF) works to improve the readiness of preschool children eligible to enter kindergarten the following year who are at risk of being insufficiently prepared. This interim report qualitatively and quantitatively evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of the SPHF. Sixty-two (94%) of the state's 66 local school systems took part in the program, employing 83 teachers to instruct 1,653 high-risk 4-year-old students in 85 classes, most (90%) of which were full-day programs. These students represented 5.9% of the group considered at-risk. Participants were more often black than white, and were from families with incomes of $15,000 or less. All systems used pretest/posttest results to measure student progress. Local systems most frequently reported their major strengths to be program quality and staff quality. The major weakness was late or insufficient funding. Of all program graduates in kindergarten through grade 4, 81% were on grade level in terms of their progression through school. Although the SPHF reaches its target population, current funding levels severely limit the number of children served and the potential impact of program services on the entire at-risk population. A greater adherence to Department of Education criteria that are effective program correlates should facilitate the attainment of model program status among all participating systems. The SPHF has had a positive effect on the preparation of participants for entering the regular school program. An appendix contains the project description survey; other appendices contain information about a follow-up study and the regulations for the program. One figure illustrates the numbers and percent of high-risk 4-year-olds served, and 16 tables present study data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Office of Research and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana