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ERIC Number: ED539378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-18
Pages: 110
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
First 5 Kern Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2011-2012
Wang, Jianjun
Online Submission
Scientific discoveries repeatedly confirmed the importance of brain growth during the first 5 years of child life. To support early childhood development, California voters passed Proposition 10 in 1998 to collect a 50 cent per pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Kern County Children and Families Commission (First 5 Kern) was established by Proposition 10 to administer the Children and Families First Trust Fund in Kern County. Serving a county across a region as large as the state of New Jersey, First 5 Kern distributed the state annual funding of over $10 million to support 40 programs in early childcare and education. Following the results-based accountability model, this report summarizes innovative outcomes in four focus areas: Health and Wellness, Parent Education and Support Services, Early Childcare and Education, and Integration of Services. GIS [geographic information systems] mapping has been incorporated to describe the service delivery across the mountain, valley, and desert communities across a land of more than 8,000 square miles. Value-added assessments have been conducted to evaluate improvement of child development and parent education in the first three focus areas. The fourth focus area was examined through social network analyses to enhance the capacity of sustainable system care. The entire report not only provides clear, convincing, and sufficient evidences to justify the return on government funding, but demonstrates innovative approaches in articulating comprehensive evaluation efforts under a well-established CIPP [Context, Input, Process, and Product] model. Three appendices are included: (1) Program Classification Across State and Local Focus Areas; (2) Technical Advisory Committee; and (3) Program Index. (Contains 56 tables, 39 figures, 2 exhibits, and 8 footnotes.) [For "First 5 Kern Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2010-2011," see ED538687.]
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 10 (California 1998)