ERIC Number: EJ780739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Implementing New York's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program: An Exploratory Study of Systemic Impacts
Morrissey, Taryn W.; Lekies, Kristi S.; Cochran, Moncrieff M.
Early Education and Development, v18 n4 p573-596 Nov 2007
This exploratory study examined the impacts of New York's Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) program as perceived by directors at child care centers and preschools not receiving state funds. Although only partially implemented, UPK's mixed-delivery system grants monies to a substantial number of qualifying community-based early care and education centers, resulting in a funding imbalance between participating and nonparticipating centers. Phone interviews were conducted with the directors of non-UPK programs across New York State (N = 46). Quantitative and qualitative analyses suggest perceived decreases in 4-year-old and total enrollment and increased teacher recruitment difficulty and competition for teachers since UPK was introduced. Larger centers and those offering full-day programming more often reported changes in teacher recruitment and retention than smaller centers and those offering part-day programming only. Implications for state pre-K policy are discussed. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 3 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Kindergarten, Child Care Centers, Teacher Recruitment, Preschool Evaluation, County School Districts, Equal Education, Teacher Persistence, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Discovery Processes, Telephone Surveys
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York