ERIC Number: ED476948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
A Parent Report Card: Universal Prekindergarten in New York City. What Parents Really Think.
Cooper, Amy; Letts, Kenea
The New York City public school system has built partnerships with other early childhood programs in the community to make universal prekindergarten (UPK) available in settings appropriate for young children and affording full-day options to working families. In the first city-wide effort to obtain parent feedback on the program's success, over 7,500 parents of the 34,000 families with children enrolled in the program in 2000-2001 shared their first-hand experiences of the program in response to a questionnaire distributed to schools and community-based organizations offering UPK services. Findings revealed that 99 percent of respondents felt the program would prepare their children for kindergarten; 96 percent described the enrollment process as "easy"; 99 percent said they felt welcomed by program staff; and 99 percent said they would recommend the program to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents enrolled their children in the UPK program because they wanted to expose them to the educational enrichment offered by the program. Local school referrals, parent referrals, and word of mouth all played a key role in parents' discovery of the program. Most parents had access to only half-day care, with 94 percent of children in extended day programs served by community-based organizations. Suggestions for program improvement included offering more extended-day options, extending the program to more children, placing more focus on academics, and expanding bilingual services. (The parent questionnaire is appended.) (KB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Enrollment, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Participant Satisfaction, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the City of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Early Childhood Strategic Group, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)