ERIC Number: ED507468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Profile of Children Entering Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), Fall 2007. First 5 LA Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study (UPCOS). Research Brief
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is working to make high-quality voluntary preschool universally accessible to every 4-year-old in Los Angeles County by building upon the existing early care and education system. This brief provides a snapshot of children and families participating in LAUP center-based programs in the fall of 2007, at the beginning of their preschool year. The data presented in this research brief are part of a larger study: First 5 LA's Universal Preschool Child Outcome Study (UPCOS), conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) and its partners, Juarez & Associates and American Institutes for Research (AIR). The data presented in this brief are based on a sample of 1,586 LAUP children in 98 funded, center-based programs, but is representative of all LAUP children and families. The data presented show that 4-year-olds enrolled in LAUP center-based programs are primarily Latino, most come from low-income families, and they bring diverse linguistic and cultural experiences to their classrooms. When LAUP children entered preschool, they scored within the average range, for the most part, on an array of school readiness measures. "Some of the findings have potential programmatic implications--particularly the differences in language and literacy skills among children from different language backgrounds and the high percentage of LAUP children who are obese." (Contains combination of 24 notes and references.)
Descriptors: Profiles, Preschool Children, Urban Areas, Family Characteristics, Individual Characteristics, Race, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Languages, Family Income, Low Income Groups, School Readiness, Language Skills, Writing Skills, Spelling, Literacy, Mathematics Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Child Health, Immigrants, Employed Parents, Educational Attainment, Parent Background
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Sponsor: First 5 California
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California