ERIC Number: ED463058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborating for Kids: New York State Universal Prekindergarten, 1999-2000.
Lekies, Kristi S.; Cochran, Mon
This report examines the "Wave One" school districts in New York State as they expanded into the second year of Universal Prekindergarten (UPK). Through surveys with district UPK coordinators and analysis of final reports submitted to the state education department, information was gathered about the implementation, programming, and practices of the districts that began UPK in 1998-1999, the first program year of UPK, and continued into the 1999-2000 year. This report presents findings and provides recommendations to district planners and state officials regarding ways to enhance community planning and service delivery. Findings and recommendations are highlighted under six main topics: (1) universal access; (2) diversity; (3) collaboration among school districts, community-based programs, and families; (4) classroom practices; (5) teacher preparation and support; and (6) financing. Program successes and challenges are also detailed. When asked to identify UPK successes, survey respondents cited support from their district boards of education, working relationships with community-based providers, meeting the needs of children, and overall community support for UPK. Ongoing challenges were identified as inadequate funding levels, shortages of classroom sites, fund distribution procedures, and lack of transportation. The report's two appendices include an annotated bibliography of universal prekindergarten planning guides and materials on curriculum, assessment, and preschool education; and the survey instrument. (Contains 19 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Delivery Systems, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, State Programs
Cornell Early Childhood Program, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401. Tel: 607-255-2457; Fax: 607-255-8767; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.human.cornell.edu/hd/cecp.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cornell Early Childhood Program.
Identifiers - Location: New York