Evaluation of the MECK Pre-K Program

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will work in collaboration with the MECK Pre-K leadership and Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to conduct a rigorous evaluation to address the efficiency of the implementation of the MECK Pre-K program and in future studies, to examine whether the program yields positive impacts on child outcomes over time, both short-term and long-term.

The Year 1 evaluation will consist of observations in MECK Pre-K classrooms to examine the quality of implementation of classroom instructional practices and to identify any improvements needed. Specific issues of interest will be determined in conjunction with the BOCC and the MECK Pre-K leadership. Classroom observations will be conducted in the MECK Pre-K using the CLASS Pre-K tool to provide information on the initial quality of the program and to provide external validation of CLASS scores gathered by the program. The CLASS provides a measure of teacher-child instructional interactions based on a time sampling approach. Child outcomes will not be part of the Year 1 evaluation due to the phased-in opening of classrooms throughout the fall, however, the evaluation will inform about the quality of the classrooms and make recommendations for improvements that will increase the likelihood for greater child outcomes.

FPG Project Staff:
Ellen S. Peisner-Feinberg, Principal Investigator
Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Co-Principal Investigator
Laura J. Kuhn, Advanced Research Scientist
Funding Agency: Mecklenburg County Managers Office
Funding Period: 05/01/2019 - 05/31/2021
Award Amount: $162,185