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Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education Plan Evaluation

Research Team


Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Award Date: Nov 1, 2016

End Date: Aug 31, 2021


The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education 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 to third grade in the Omaha metro area. It includes home visiting for birth to 3-year-olds; intensive preK for 3- and 4-year-olds; aligned curriculum and teaching methodology for kindergarten to third grade; and sustained family engagement. 

The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Education 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 to 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.
Year Six of this project continues the evaluation of the implementation across 12 schools at 10 sites of the birth-to-age-3 component of the plan. This phase also includes the expansion of data collection to families on family facilitators’ case loads, collecting data on their personal visits with families. A reconsenting process will occur to re-enroll existing families and new families into the evaluation project. 

This work will include coordinating, planning, advising, communicating and meeting with the programming and research staff at the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, who are overseeing the plan, and the UNMC/MMI team, which is responsible for examining the three-year to third grade portion of the plan.

Research & Evaluation Methods, Early Education & Development