ERIC Number: ED467064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
A "Noble Bet" in Early Care and Education: Lessons from One Community's Experience.
Gill, Brian P.; Dembosky, Jacob W.; Caulkins, Jonathan P.
The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) was an ambitious effort launched in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1996 to provide high-quality early care and education services to at-risk children, on a county-wide scale and under the direction of local neighborhood agencies. Four years after its launch, ECI was providing substantial social and educational benefits to participating children, but was far short of its enrollment targets, the cost per child was significantly higher than expected, and the initiative's efforts to secure a commitment of long-term state funding had failed. This report analyzes and explains critical weaknesses that hindered ECI's ability to achieve its goals, deriving lessons to inform the design and implementation of future large-scale reform initiatives, whether in early care and education or in other areas of social services. An appendix presents four models developed to conduct a cost analysis of ECI. (Contains 50 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Care, Community Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Models, Objectives, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Social Services, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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