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Chase, Richard; Egbert, Andi; Valorose, Jennifer – Wilder Research, 2011
The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) in Minnesota makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature, and is responsible for fulfilling the duties required by federal and state statutes. The Council was created in 2008 by the Governor's Executive Order 08-14. The ECAC consists of 18 members, including the State Director of the Head Start…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Human Services, School Readiness, Disadvantaged Youth
Maxfield, Jennifer; Gozali-Lee, Edith; Mueller, Dan – Wilder Research, 2010
Project Early Kindergarten (PEK) aims to improve the school-readiness of Saint Paul children and help close the achievement gap through offering high-quality educational experiences for preschool children. This report comes at the conclusion of the sixth year of PEK. Following an initial planning year (2004-05), PEK has served children through the…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Public Schools, Preschool Children, Kindergarten
Chase, Richard; Valorose, Jennifer – Wilder Research, 2010
Nearly 500,000 households in Minnesota include a parent or parents with at least one child age 12 and under. About three-quarters use some type of child care. The strength of the economy depends on families having high-quality, affordable child care, so parents can work and children have the early learning opportunities they need to perform better…
Descriptors: Child Care, Low Income Groups, Caregivers, Telephone Surveys
Chase, Richard; Valorose, Jennifer – Wilder Research, 2010
This report on a statewide telephone survey describes child care use in Minnesota among households with children 12 and younger. Minnesota has an estimated 908,000 children ages 12 and younger; 24 percent are ages 0 to 2, 24 percent ages 3 to 5, 30 percent ages 6 to 9 and 23 percent ages 10 to 12. Of the nearly 500,000 households with one or more…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Telephone Surveys, Sampling, State Surveys
Wilder Research, 2010
The Saint Paul Public Schools' Project Early Kindergarten program aims to improve the school readiness of Saint Paul children. The program offers a rigorous academic approach and targets children who are English Language Learners, come from low-income families, or need Special Education services. Ultimately, the program intends to help close Saint…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Public Schools, School Readiness, Second Language Learning
Wilder Research, 2010
Achievement Plus is a partnership between the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Saint Paul Public Schools to improve the academic achievement of low-income children in Saint Paul urban schools. Developed in 1997, Achievement Plus integrates the school community, families, and the resources of public and private organizations to ensure academic…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Academic Achievement, Partnerships in Education, Public Schools
Gozali-Lee, Edith; Mueller, Dan – Wilder Research, 2010
This report presents findings from the two-year Minnesota Family Literacy and School Readiness study. It provides information on the impacts of participating Family Literacy programs and on the first and second cohorts of children (and their families) enrolled in these programs. The Minnesota Early Learning Foundation provided the Amherst H.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Profiles, Family Literacy, Cohort Analysis
Gozali-Lee, Edith – Wilder Research, 2010
This report describes New City Charter School student achievement in the 2008-09 school year, the school's sixth operating year. The number of students enrolled in the school was 125, an increase from 60 students enrolled the first year of the school. Student academic achievement is measured using the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Mathematics Achievement
Thao, Mao – Wilder Research, 2009
Research has clearly linked parent involvement to positive educational outcomes and academic success, including more positive attitudes towards school, better grades, and higher test scores. So it is concerning that while immigrant parents highly value education, studies find they are also less likely to be involved in their child's education and…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Immigrants
Broton, Katie; Mueller, Dan – Wilder Research, 2009
The Ron Brown Scholar Program aims to be a major force in producing this nation's next generation of leaders by providing academic scholarships, service opportunities, and leadership experiences to exemplary young African Americans. The program is highly selective, with several hundred applicants per scholarship awarded. Students are selected…
Descriptors: African American Students, Scholarships, Program Effectiveness, Educational Attainment
Chase, Richard; Valorose, Jennifer – Wilder Research, 2009
Researchers in many fields agree. The physical, social, and economic health and well-being of adults and society as a whole are strongly influenced by the early experiences of children, when the foundation for effective cognitive and social skills and abilities are developed. Children who have developmental delays or disabilities require and often…
Descriptors: Birth, Neonates, Infants, Toddlers
Chase, Richard; Anton, Paul; Diaz, Jose; MartinRogers, Nicole; Rausch, Ela – Wilder Research, 2009
Educational and economic research shows that investing in school preparedness for low- income children prevents needless public spending and produces payoffs in K-12, government programs, and the private sector. Conversely, not investing in or cutting programs that produce school readiness results in increased spending and lost benefits for: (1)…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance
Broton, Katie – Wilder Research, 2009
Closing the achievement gap depends on highly effective public schools, strong community support, and family involvement. Raising the overall rates of achievement in Minnesota is a vital part of this goal. Research has shown that pre-college outreach programs improve college access for underrepresented groups, including low-income,…
Descriptors: Role Models, Outreach Programs, Family Involvement, Academic Achievement
Chase, Richard; Anton, Paul – Wilder Research, 2009
Beginning in the 1980s, Michigan began making investments in fully preparing young children for school--cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. Currently Michigan's Great Start system encompasses both early childhood services and a strategic plan for the state's early childhood system of programs, services, and supports for children…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance
Broton, Katie; Mueller, Dan; Schultz, Jennifer Lee; Gaona, Maria – Wilder Research, 2009
The purpose of this literature review is to gain greater understanding of strategies that can be effectively applied in Minnesota's rural school districts to address their education challenges. In particular, the authors sought to identify strategies that could either: (1) maintain (or improve) students' academic achievement at less cost to the…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Persistence, Academic Achievement, School Districts
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