ERIC Number: ED456913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Critical Years of Education for At-Risk Students: The Impact of an Early Childhood Program on Student Learning.
Munoz, Marco A.
The Jump Start program is a preschool program serving about 4,000 four-year-olds in a partnership including Head Start, Even Start, a tuition-based program, and the Kentucky preschool program mandated by the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA). This study compared the family of Jump Start programs and a comparison group on student academic performance. Participating in the study was one cohort of students from the 1996-1997 school year who participated in free lunch programs. Academic performance was assessed with the Stanford Diagnostic Reading and Mathematics Test total battery score. The Early Childhood Student Profile provided information on student cognitive/language/literacy skills, mathematics and logic skills, and language arts. The findings showed that the Jump Start program's KERA preschool and Head Start showed higher mean scores than the comparison group in both reading and mathematics. KERA's preschool had the highest scores for both reading and mathematics. An attendance analysis showed that the Jump Start class of 1996-1997 increased their attendance pattern from preschool to grade 3. Also, participants in the Jump Start programs made significant gains in the various dimensions measured by the Early Childhood Student Profile. (Contains 23 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/80370