ERIC Number: ED425859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure. FY 97 Evaluation Report.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Center for Policy, Planning, and Resource Management.
This annual report details the effectiveness of the state's program in preparing at-risk children for kindergarten and the early grades in Illinois. Divided into six areas, the report presents statistical data to describe the following: (1) program participants; (2) change in program participation since its inception in 1986; (3) program's ability to increase children's readiness for kindergarten; (4) factors contributing to children's readiness for kindergarten; (5) program characteristics; and (6) affect of program participation on students' achievement in later elementary grades. The report concludes that: a support mechanism to sustain learning gains as students progress across grades may be necessary; the at-risk program should continue to emphasize the role of parents and expand opportunities and the level of involvement; program participants increased at a higher rate than program funding due to increased financial involvement from individual school districts; and quality of the prekindergarten program should improve to assure long-term academic success of participants. The state board of education's policy statement on early childhood education and 17 statistical tables are appended. (LBT)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Center for Policy, Planning, and Resource Management.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois