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Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education Plan Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche
Funding Agency: Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Award Date: Nov 10, 2020
End Date: Aug 31, 2022
The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education Plan was introduced in the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties during the 2015-16 academic year. It offers a comprehensive approach to reducing achievement gaps for vulnerable young children from birth to third grade in the Omaha metro area.
The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education Plan evaluation has two primary purposes:
- To provide information about the plan’s usefulness and feasibility, how well it is implemented, and areas for improvement to those participating in and with responsibility for full implementation sites (i.e., schools offering comprehensive early education services to children from birth to third grade).
- To give teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, the Learning Community Coordinating Council and policymakers—including funders, boards of education and other stakeholders—data about the project’s impact on children, families, teachers, classrooms and schools.
Work for 2021-22 continues the evaluation of the Birth to 5 component of the Superintendents ECE Plan. In addition to data collection and transition activities, researchers will coordinate, plan, advise, communicate and meet with the Institute Program and Research teams.
Lori Chleborad, CYFS project coordinator, and Dawn Davis, child, youth and family studies project manager, prepare materials for families participating in an evaluation of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education Plan.