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Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Evaluation

About the Georgia Pre-K Program Evaluation

The Georgia’s 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 4-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
Cristina Luna-Evans, Research Assistant
Jennifer Osborne, Social Research Assistant
Judith L. Owen, Research Assistant
Jada F. Walker, Project Coordinator

Publications and Other Resources