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Educare Schools:
  • Each serve 140-200 students
  • Full-day, full-year
School Size:
  • 27,000-34,000 square feet
  • Design requirements:
    • Create a showroom for quality birth-to-5 learning
    • Infants and toddlers: 50% of space
    • Minimize transitions
    • Multiple indoor/outdoor play spaces to meet developmental needs of children
    • Consultation space
    • Include ample training and community space
Construction costs:
  • Currently range from $8 million to $12 million
Operating budgets:
  • $2.8 million to $3.4 million
  • Head Start and Early Head Start generally fund 50-60 percent of operational costs
  • Blended funding streams also drawn from the local school district (preschool) and state (child care) to support quality
Governance:
  • Set out in an Educare shared governance contract
    • Educare Board includes key major stakeholders
    • Educare Board hires Educare Director
    • Local partners also sign a Network Partnership Agreement granting display of Educare icon and requiring participation in research evaluation activities.
  • Research
    • National evaluation conducted by FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    • Local research conducted by Ph.D. hired by each site to serve as embedded evaluation partner

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