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Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Evaluation

About the Georgia Pre-K Program Evaluation

The Georgia Pre-K Program Evaluation Project provides an external statewide evaluation of Georgia's Pre-Kindergarten Program, a universal pre-k program for four-year-olds. Since 2011, we have conducted a series of studies to examine Georgia's Pre-K. These have included: Study 1 (2011-2012) Pre-K Outcomes Study—a study of classroom quality and outcomes for children enrolled in the program during the pre-k year; Study 1a (2012-2013) Pre-K Enrollment Study—a statewide study examining local variations in implementation of recruitment, application, assignment, and waitlist procedures and the feasibility of conducting an RCT study; Study 2 (2012-2013) RDD Study—a study of the effects of program participation on children's school readiness skills using a regression discontinuity design (RDD); and Study 3 (2013-2020) Longitudinal Study—an ongoing longitudinal study of the short- and long-term learning outcomes for children who attended Georgia's Pre-K as well as the quality of their preschool and early elementary school experiences from pre-k through fifth grade.

About the Georgia Pre-K Program

Georgia's Pre-K Program is a state-funded universal pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds, serving over 80,000 children per year in a variety of settings, including public school systems, private providers, and blended Head Start/pre-k classrooms. The program operates on a school-based model, with program standards around class size, teacher qualifications, curriculum, assessment, and other program services. Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) oversees the program, and staff provide consultation, technical assistance, and monitoring visits throughout the year.

For more information about Georgia's Pre-K Program, see the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website.

Award(s)

Funding Agency:  

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Funding Period:  

12/01/2019 to 06/30/2021

Award Amount:  

$1,141,525

Funding Agency:  

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Funding Period:  

07/01/2017 to 11/30/2019

Award Amount:  

$2,890,657

Funding Agency:  

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Funding Period:  

07/01/2011 to 06/30/2018

Award Amount:  

$8,067,587

Staff

Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Love, Research Assistant
Jennifer Detwiler Osborne, Research Assistant
Judith L. Owen, Research Assistant
Jada F. Walker, Project Coordinator

Publications and Other Resources

Published: January 2021 Type: Reports and Policy Briefs
Published: January 2021 Type: Reports and Policy Briefs