ERIC Number: EJ1128295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Investing in High Quality Preschool: Lessons from an Urban Setting
Dorman, Rebekah L.; Anthony, Elizabeth; Osborne-Fears, Billie; Fischer, Robert L.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v37 n1 p91-107 2017
Large numbers of children of low income families in the United States arrive at kindergarten already far behind their more affluent peers on measures of school readiness. In the absence of any federal preschool policy and amidst alarm about this growing divide, universal prekindergarten (UPK) programs have been launched around the United States, at both the state and local levels, to address the school readiness gap. Invest in Children, a public/private partnership in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, OH) launched a UPK program of high quality, affordable preschool nine years ago. The program's creation, implementation and challenges are discussed along with evaluation findings that document its positive impact on school readiness. Lessons learned are discussed in terms of the impact of political and economic shifts, as well as state policy changes, on this local program. The program's planned expansion and enhancements to program design and evaluation are also described.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Urban Areas, Educational Quality, Achievement Gap, Rating Scales, Intelligence Tests, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, Low Income Students, Minority Group Students, Preschool Children, State Policy, Kindergarten, Program Design, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
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