ERIC Number: ED385344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Georgia Prekindergarten Program Evaluation [with] Executive Summary.
Pilcher, Lorene C.; Kaufman-McMurrain, Marsha
The 1994 second-year evaluation of the state of Georgia's prekindergarten program had two objectives: (1) to describe all components of the comprehensive program--children, families, educational activities, social services, and coordinating councils; and (2) to begin assessing long-term outcomes by comparing kindergarten children formerly in the prekindergarten program with those in a socioeconomically similar comparison group that had not attended preschool. A sample of 18 prekindergarten programs was selected from the total of 120 programs for in-depth description and evaluation. These were divided into three site categories. Significant findings of the evaluation include the following: (1) the population of children in the 18 programs was comprised of significantly more boys than girls; (2) one of the site categories had a larger proportion of whites and a smaller proportion of African Americans than the other two site categories, and a small number of students came from homes in which Spanish or Korean was the primary language; (3) on average, children were functioning well above their chronological age in self-help skills, and were above their chronological age levels in physical and social development, though slightly below chronological age in academic and communication development; (4) the prevalent family configuration was the single-mother household, although there were almost as many two-parent households; (5) across the 18 sites, 72 family service workers provided various services including home visits and job training referrals; (6) the majority of the teachers used the High/Scope curriculum; (7) while each site had a coordinating council composed of members from various community, social service, and educational agencies, the councils differed greatly from one another; and (8) no significant differences appeared between classroom-based and home-based children when compared using developmental rating scores, absences, promotions, and referrals. Appendices include: 1994 prekindergarten guidelines; prekindergarten data collection forms; and kindergarten data collection forms. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Instructional Services.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Dept. of Early Childhood Education.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia