ERIC Number: ED474489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Preschool Program: 2003 Report to the Colorado Legislature.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) serves at-risk preschool children in community programs, including Head Start programs, private for-profit programs, non-profit programs, and programs within public schools. This report to the Colorado legislature provides information on participation in the program, collaborations of CPP with other early childhood initiatives, and sample findings from local program evaluations. The report includes a list of risk factors qualifying children for the program. Evaluation findings summarized in the report indicate that after 9 months in the program, both Spanish- and English-speaking children made significant progress in linguistic skills. In selected school districts where kindergarten teachers were surveyed in the Fall regarding the readiness of CPP graduates, it was found that only 17 percent of CPP graduates were rated below grade level, in comparison to national ratings of about 40 percent. Returns on Colorado's investment of $2,727 per child for the CPP include findings that CPP students can perform at a level similar to their peers on state standardized achievement tests. Almost all CPP families agreed that their child benefited as a result of CPP participation, that their child has the skills needed for school success, and that they are comfortable participating in their child's education. The report notes that CPP monies have been used to fund full-day kindergarten slots; one participating school has reported that children in full-day kindergarten programs perform better on third grade achievement tests that children not attending full-day kindergarten. (KB)
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Kindergarten, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs
School Finance Unit, Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 408, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6783; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado