Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Evaluation


Project Information

Principal Investigator: Dawn Davis
Co-Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche, Helen Raikes
Funding Agency: Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Award Date:
Theme: Research Methodology, Early Childhood
Project URL: N/A

For more information please contact Dawn Davis at ddavis6@unl.edu.

Abstract

The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan was introduced in the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties during the 2015-16 academic year. It offers a comprehensive approach to reducing achievement gaps for vulnerable young children from birth – third grade in the Omaha metro area. It includes home visiting for birth – three-year-olds; intensive preK for three-and four-year olds; aligned curriculum and teaching methodology for kindergarten – third grade; and sustained family engagement.

The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan evaluation has two primary purposes:

1. It will provide information about the plan’s usefulness and feasibility, how well it is implemented, and areas for improvement to those participating in and with responsibility for full implementation sites (i.e., schools offering comprehensive early education services to children from birth – third grade).

2. It will give teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, the Learning Community Coordinating Council and policymakers—including funders, boards of education and other stakeholders—data about the project’s impact on children, families, teachers, classrooms and schools.