Early Childhood Education

We have evaluated over 65 early childhood education programs.

We have worked on multiple early childhood education program evaluations for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and have evaluated large portfolios for the Robin Hood Foundation. Additional evaluations include a wide range of projects including those for Abraham House, the Afterschool Corporation, the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, the California School Age Consortium, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Danforth Foundation, East Side Settlement House, First 5 Sacramento, Gary Klinsky Children’s Center, Head Start, KidsHealth 2020, the Los Angeles Education Program, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Madison Boys & Girls Club, the National Center for Family Literacy, Parent Services Project, San Francisco State University, the State of Missouri, and Single Stop.

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A few select recent or key early childhood education projects include:

21St Century Learning At Almira And Walton Elementary Schools, Cleveland Play House

The goal of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide academic support to students who come from economically disadvantaged communities and attend low-performing schools. Programming includes morning math and ELA tutoring, and after school tutoring, snacks, homework help, and enrichment activities for elementary school students. Family engagement activities are also offered. Expected outcomes include increases in math and reading proficiency among participants; continuous improvements in classroom behavior, homework completion, class participation, and grades among participants; and increased school attendance among participants. Additional program objectives are increased family engagement through evidence-based educational development opportunities and positive youth development.

The evaluation of the 21st CCLC provides key stakeholders with valuable data about the impact of additional academic and family supports on student achievement on standardized math and literacy tests, school attendance, and math and ELA grades. The evaluation is primarily descriptive, with an emphasis on change in measures of academic achievement, positive youth development competencies, and parent and family engagement in student learning over the course of program participation and from year to year.

Association to Benefit Children

The Association to Benefit Children (ABC) provides a comprehensive array of high-quality academic, youth development, and family enrichment opportunities for elementary school children enrolled in PS 30, PS 57, and PS 155 in East Harlem, in order to cultivate academic success, support social and emotional development, and promote the wellbeing of all participants. In 2017, ABC converted its privately-funded therapeutic after school program into a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program both through a formal partnership with the schools and by leveraging additional support to create a more effective program model.

Harlem Children’s Zone – Harlem Gems

Four-year-olds participate in Harlem Gems, a pre-kindergarten program. Parents are taught techniques that stimulate a child’s mental growth and learning through reading and talking. Staff work closely with parents and children on an individualized basis. Bracken Basic Concept Scales are used to track changes in child development. Reports are prepared at the beginning and end of each school year.

Marin Child Care Outcomes Project, Marin Community Foundation

The Marin Child Care Outcomes Project of the Marin Community Foundation supports seven child care centers that provide child care and parent supportive services to low income parents in Marin County. Philliber conducted a formative and outcome evaluation of the project. Seven dimensions of family functioning grouped into three domains (parenting skills, social support network, and adult development) were assessed at enrollment and again at annual intervals. Four dimensions of child development were assessed at the same time. Annual parent surveys were conducted to get parent feedback on quality of services, their perception of the benefit of services for school readiness, and the parents’ own self-development. Additionally, Philliber developed and piloted a self-assessment tool for center administrators and staff to measure the extent and quality of parent support services that were delivered.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

The United Way of South Eastern Michigan received a Social Innovation Fund grant to provide fragile families in the Detroit metro area with enhanced access to social services through the Family Checkup Model. Philliber is conducting a randomized controlled trial to document the impact of the Family Checkup Model on families and children.

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