Educare Chicago Follow-Up Study

Tracking the progress of Educare alumni children and families as they transition to K-12

The Educare Chicago Follow-Up Study assesses the school readiness and success of children who have transitioned from Educare Chicago into kindergarten and through elementary school. The Follow-Up Study continues to be one of the most important and effective methods of gauging the progress that Educare children and families make after they leave Educare. Results of the study also inform the Ounce’s strategic planning and continuous quality improvement efforts at Educare Chicago.

Longitudinal data from the Follow-Up Study confirm that the majority of Educare Chicago graduates are deemed “ready” for kindergarten and elementary school—socially, emotionally and academically—by their parents and teachers. By comparison, studies have found that only 48 percent of low-income children are ready for kindergarten. What’s more, direct assessments of children at the end of third grade reveal no fade-out, or diminishing, of social-emotional or concept-development skills.

The study also confirms that Educare effectively engages parents in supporting their children’s development, learning, and academic readiness, and provides parents with opportunities to further build capacities in these areas.

Results of the Follow-Up Study have led to new initiatives at Educare including support programs that help parents enroll their children in high-quality elementary schools, and the development of the Early Math Initiative.

Private funding is essential to evaluating our Educare model and implementing improvements. To learn more about or to support this project, please contact April Wozniak, Director of Development, at 312.922.3863.

This project is generously supported by the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.