Closing the achievement gap by creating a national model for early childhood education
In an effort to deliver the best possible early learning experiences to young children through our Educare model, since 2005 the Ounce has partnered with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina to collect and evaluate information on children, classroom quality, staff and parents at Educare schools across the country.
Information from the study is used to inform and individualize work with children and families and professional development with teachers and family support staff. It helps us understand how well schools are implementing the Educare model and areas where we may need to concentrate improvement efforts. The child outcome data help us demonstrate that Educare effectively prepares children for achievement in school and success in life.
Several years of rigorous evaluation shows that when children leave Educare for elementary school, the majority are academically, socially and emotionally prepared for kindergarten.
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.