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ERIC Number: ED541933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Children's Growth and Classroom Experiences in Georgia's Pre-K Program: Findings from the 2011-2012 Evaluation Study
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen; Schaaf, Jennifer; LaForett, Dore
FPG Child Development Institute
Georgia has one of the few state-funded universal pre-kindergarten programs in the United States, with the aim of providing pre-k services to all 4-year-olds whose families want their children to participate in the program, regardless of family income level. In the 2011-2012 school year, Georgia's Pre-K Program served a total of over 94,000 different children throughout the year in a variety of settings across the state, including local school systems, private settings, and blended Head Start/Georgia's Pre-K classrooms. The 2011-2012 evaluation study included observations of classroom quality in a random sample of 100 Georgia's Pre-K classrooms and assessments of the language, literacy, math, general knowledge, and behavioral skills of a sample of 509 children attending these classrooms over the pre-k program year. The primary evaluation questions include: (1) What are the outcomes for children attending Georgia's Pre-K Program?; (2) What factors predict better outcomes for children?; and (3) What is the quality of Georgia's Pre-K classrooms? Key findings of this study include: (1) Children exhibited significant growth during their pre-k year across all domains of learning, including language and literacy skills, math skills, general knowledge, and behavioral skills; and (2) Children who were Spanish-speaking dual language learners showed growth in skills in both English and Spanish, although their growth tended to be greater in English. (Contains 11 figures, 12 tables, 2 footnotes, and 22 endnotes.) [For "Children's Growth and Classroom Experiences in Georgia's Pre-K Program: Findings from the 2011-2012 Evaluation Study Executive Summary," see ED541940.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute
Identifiers - Location: Georgia