ERIC Number: ED423068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Smart Start Child Care on Kindergarten Entry Skills. FPG-UNC Smart Start Evaluation Report.
Bryant, Donna; Bernier, Kathleen; Taylor, Karen; Maxwell, Kelly
Helping families access affordable, quality child care has been the primary focus for the Orange County, North Carolina Smart Start Partnership for Young Children. This study investigated the effects of Smart Start efforts on children's skills at kindergarten entry. Kindergarten teachers rated the cognitive, language and social skills of 39 kindergartners who had attended child care in Orange County for at least 2 years at one of 12 child care centers participating intensely in Smart Start-funded quality improvement efforts. The teachers also rated the skills of 272 comparison children who had attended other child care programs or received no center-based child care. Findings indicated that children from low-income families who had attended Smart Start centers were rated significantly higher than were children from low-income families who had attended other centers. Children from middle-income families were rated significantly higher if they had attended any center-based child care before kindergarten compared to children who had not attended child care at all. Children in poverty were rated lower than children from non-poverty families. (Appendices contain copies of the evaluation instruments, examples of Smart Start activities, and demographic and other information from parent surveys.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Objectives, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Learning Readiness, Low Income Groups, Outcomes of Education, Poverty, Poverty Programs, Primary Education, School Readiness
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, Attn: Marie Butts, 105 Smith Level Road, CB No. 8180, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180; phone: 919-966-4295; World Wide Web: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~smartstart
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina