Educare Follow-Up Studies
Our Follow-Up Studies allow us to test our hypothesis—that children who attend Educare achieve greater success in their academic pursuits and in life than other comparable low-income children who do not attend Educare. Three locally driven Follow-Up Studies have tracked the progress of Educare children and families as the children move into elementary and middle schools. Educare schools apply the results of the Follow-Up Studies to design program improvements that better help children develop school readiness skills.
Educare Chicago Follow-Up Study
Since 2005, researchers have been following Educare Chicago students into elementary and middle school to gauge the progress these students make as they transition from a high-quality Educare school into the K–12 system.
- Educare children transition to kindergarten with the skills necessary for them to learn and thrive.
- Direct assessments of children at the end of 3rd grade reveal no fade-out, or diminishing, of their social-emotional or concept-development skills.
- Educare effectively engages parents in supporting their children’s development, learning and academic readiness, and provides parents with opportunities to further build their capacities in this area.
Educare Omaha Follow-Up Study
The Educare Omaha Follow-Up Study evaluates the long-term impact of participation in Educare by analyzing the progress of Educare alumni in 3rd through 7th grades. Educare Omaha researchers are analyzing the students’ performance on state standardized reading, writing and math assessments, beginning with data from the 2010–2011 school year onward.
- Children who attended Educare for two or more years had considerably higher average reading scores than those of low-income children in the district’s free and reduced-lunch program. Their scores far exceeded the state proficiency standard.
- Among children who attended Educare for one to two years, the average reading score approached proficiency.
- Among children with two or more years of Educare, the average mathematics score approached the state’s proficiency standard and was higher than the average math score of other low-income children in their district’s free and reduced-lunch program.
Educare Tulsa Follow-Up Study
Conducted over 2011–2012, the Educare Tulsa Follow-Up Study followed children who completed their preschool year at Educare Tulsa at Kendall-Whittier and transitioned into their kindergarten year in Tulsa Public Schools. Researchers assessed them in the spring of their kindergarten year on measures of vocabulary, school readiness, letter and word identification, applied problems and social skills. The researchers also conducted teacher and parent surveys and collected special education and retention data.
- There were different patterns of achievement between English- and Spanish-speaking children.
- There were differences between English- and Spanish-speaking parents’ involvement in school and home activities.
- On average, families were more involved while their children attended Educare than they were during their children’s kindergarten year.
- Findings are being used to develop parent-engagement strategies to enhance K–12 participation and home activity levels of Educare alumni parents
To learn more about the Educare Follow-Up Studies, please read our National Research Agenda for Early Education.