Evaluation of the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program

About the North Carolina Pre-K Evaluation

The NC Pre-K Program Evaluation Project at the FPG Child Development Institute has served as the external evaluator for the NC Pre-K Program since its inception during 2001-2002 (as More at Four). A variety of statewide evaluation studies have been conducted, including multiple studies of program services, classroom quality, and children’s outcomes during their pre-k year as well as longer-term into kindergarten and third grade. The primary research questions addressed by these evaluations have included: 

  • What were the key characteristics of the local NC Pre-K Programs?
  • What was the quality of NC Pre-K classrooms and what factors were associated with better quality?
  • What were the outcomes of children attending NC Pre-K and what factors were associated with better outcomes?
  • To what extent have there been any changes over time in these results?

About the North Carolina Pre-K Program

The NC Pre-K Program (formerly the More at Four Program) is North Carolina's statewide pre-kindergarten initiative for eligible four-year-olds. The program serves nearly 30,000 children per year, and is overseen by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). NC Pre-K is a targeted pre-k program, with children eligible primarily based on age and family income (up to 75% of state median income). NC Pre-K is provided in classroom-based settings (public preschool, child care, Head Start) on a school-based model. Program guidelines include standards related to staff qualifications, class size, teacher-child ratios, NC child care licensing levels, curriculum, assessment, and provision of other program services.

For more information about the NC Pre-K Program, see the DCDEE website.

FPG Project Staff:
Ellen S. Peisner-Feinberg, Principal Investigator
Treshawn Anderson, Research Scientist
Irina L. Otto Mokrova, Research Scientist
Maria C. Sanchez, Research Specialist
Judith L. Owen, Research Assistant
Karen Van Manen, Research Assistant
Stefanie M. Schwartz, Research Assistant
Gina W. Walker, Research Assistant
Awards:
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 01/01/2012 - 06/30/2012
Award Amount: $504,634
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 10/01/2012 - 06/30/2013
Award Amount: $944,000
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014
Award Amount: $999,164
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015
Award Amount: $1,025,635
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Award Amount: $750,000
Funding Agency: North Carolina Division of Child Development
Funding Period: 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Award Amount: $750,000
For more information, please contact: ncprekeval@unc.edu