National Evaluation Partner for the Educare Learning Network Implementation Study

The Educare learning network, a growing coast-to-coast consortium of state-of-the-art, full-day, year-round schools funded mostly by existing public dollars, serves children from birth to 5 years who are at risk for school failure. Each Educare school provides its community’s most vulnerable children and families, particularly families living in poverty, with instructional and family support that develop early skills and nurture strong parent-child relationships that create the foundation for successful learning. The focus of this evaluation is to assist the Educare Learning Network in the following: (a) determining the success of the network as a whole and individual Educare programs in developing and implementing core features of the Educare model, (b) determining the impact of Educare schools on children and families, and (c) examining how implementation of core features relates to changes in children and families over time. Designing the evaluation includes developing and refining measures, developing a plan for comparison data, and planning and conducting local evaluator training and cross-site reliability. Responsibilities also include convening a Technical Work Group, creating meaningful partnerships with other evaluators in the Network, informing the network of emerging early childhood issues, and designing management information systems to integrate data from multiple sites.

Project Website: Educare Research
FPG Project Staff:
Noreen M. Yazejian, Principal Investigator
Donna M. Bryant, Co-Principal Investigator
Margaret R. Burchinal, Senior Research Scientist
Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Research Scientist
Karen B. Taylor, Project Coordinator
Awards:
Funding Agency: Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Funding Period: 04/01/2011 - 06/30/2018
Award Amount: $4,539,013
Funding Agency: George Kaiser Family Foundation
Funding Period: 04/01/2011 - 06/30/2018
Award Amount: $1,000,645
Funding Agency: Ounce of Prevention Fund
Funding Period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
Award Amount: $12,000
For more information, please contact: karen.taylor@unc.edu