Proceedings from a Working Meeting on School Readiness Research: Guiding the Synthesis of Early Childhood Research. Selected Federally-Funded Early Childhood Intervention and Quality Improvement Studies

12/15/2009

Selected Federally-Funded Early Childhood Intervention and Quality Improvement Studies[1]
Study Number of sites Issues addressed Settings Age range of children Main outcomes measured
Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Project Upgrade and the MA Family Child Care Study

2001-present

Miami Dade County, Florida and Massachusetts
  • Project Upgrade in FL: Effectiveness of 3 language and literacy interventions: Ready Set Leap!; Building Early Language and Literacy; Breakthrough to Literacy
  • MA Family Child Care Study: Effectiveness of Learningames, a curriculum designed to help caregivers provide rich language stimulation and improve one-on-one interactions with children
Child care centers serving children from low-income families in FL; Family child care homes in MA 4 year olds in FL; children 3 and under in MA Childrens language and pre-literacy skills; teacher/caregiver behavior and interactions with children; aspects of classroom environment that support language and literacy
Interagency School Readiness Consortium (ISRC)

2003-2008

Six experimental preschool interventions; 1 experimental family-based intervention; 1 non-experimental descriptive study. Many interventions are multi-site
  • Effectiveness of integrated early childhood interventions in promoting school readiness across multiple domains for at risk children
  • Effectiveness of different approaches to provider preparation and training
Head Start, Child Care and State Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds except 1 family-based intervention which includes infants and toddlers Childrens language, literacy, math and social-emotional development; teacher practice; process quality
Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER)

2002-2008

Twelve experimental evaluations, many in multiple sites
  • Impact of 14 existing preschool curricula on the academic and behavioral outcomes in preschool and kindergarten
  • Impact of 14 existing preschool curricula on classroom quality, teacher-child interaction, and instructional practice
Head Start, Title 1, State Pre-K and private child care programs 3 to 5 year olds Childrens language, literacy, mathematics, and behavioral skills; classroom quality; teacher-child interaction; and teacher instructional practice
Quality Interventions in Early Care and Education (QUINCE)

2003-2008

Multi-state study. Sites in NE, IA, MN, NC, CA, MS
  • Effectiveness of Partners for Inclusion (PFI) and Rameys Immersion Training for Excellence (RITE) consultation models in changing the practice of entry level providers to improve childrens school readiness
  • Fidelity of implementation  for whom and under what conditions the models work
Family child care homes and child care centers, including license exempt providers Infants and toddlers Childrens language, literacy and social-emotional development; structural and process quality; teacher practice

Endnote

1. This document represents a small subset of work funded by the federal government and included in the review conducted for the Working Meeting on School Readiness Research, October 21-22, 2008, Washington, DC.

 

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