Children's Growth and Classroom Experiences in Georgia's Pre-K Program: Findings From the 2011-2012 Evaluation Study

Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Schaaf, J. M., & LaForett, D. R.
February, 2013

Georgia has one of the few state-funded universal pre-kindergarten programs in the United States, with the aim of providing pre-k services to all 4-year-olds whose families want their children to participate in the program, regardless of family income level. In the 2011-2012 school year, Georgia's Pre-K Program served a total of over 94,000 different children throughout the year in a variety of settings across the state, including local school systems, private settings, and blended Head Start/Georgia's Pre-K classrooms.

The 2011-2012 evaluation study included observations of classroom quality in a random sample of 100 Georgia's Pre-K classrooms and assessments of the language, literacy, math, general knowledge, and behavioral skills of a sample of 509 children attending these classrooms over the pre-k program year. The primary evaluation questions included:

  • What are the outcomes for children attending Georgia's Pre-K Program?
  • What factors predict better outcomes for children?
  • What is the quality of Georgia's Pre-K classrooms?

You may download the executive summary of the findings and/or the full report.

Citation: Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Schaaf, J. M., & LaForett, D. R. (2013). Children's growth and classroom experiences in Georgia's Pre-K Program: Findings from the 2011-2012 evaluation study. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute.