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School climate, teacher-child closeness, and low-income children’s academic skills in kindergarten.

December 11, 2017

Neighborhood economic disadvantage and Head Start children’s academic, socioemotional, and behavioral functioning: Exploring quality as a mediating mechanism.

December 11, 2017

By McCoy, D. C., Connors, M. C., Morris, P., Yoshikawa, H., & Friedman-Krauss, A. (2015) Past research has shown robust relationships between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and children’s school achievement and social-emotional outcomes, yet the mechanisms for explaining these relationships are poorly understood. The present study uses data from 1904 Head Start participants enrolled in the Head…

Does school mobility predict at-risk elementary school children’s math achievement? The mediating role of self-regulation

December 8, 2017

By Friedman-Krauss, A.H., & Raver, C. C. (2015) Children growing up in poverty have a higher likelihood of exposure to multiple forms of adversity that jeopardize their chances of academic success. The current paper identifies school mobility, or changing schools, as 1 such poverty-related risk. Using a sample of low-income, predominantly ethnic-minority children (n = 381)…

The roles of school readiness and poverty-related risk for 6th grade school outcomes

December 8, 2017

By Pressler, E., Raver, C. C., Friedman-Krauss, A., & Roy, A. L. (2016) Low-income students are at increased risk for grade retention and suspension, which dampens their chances of high school graduation, college attendance, and future success. Drawing from a sample of 357 children and their families who participated in the Chicago School Readiness Project, we…

Unpacking the treatment contrast in the Head Start Impact Study: To what extent does assignment to treatment affect quality of care?

December 8, 2017

By Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Connors, M. C., & Morris, P. A. (2016) Attending high-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is associated with higher cognitive and social-emotional skills, especially for children growing up in poverty, but access to high-quality ECCE is limited. This study capitalizes on the random assignment design of the Head Start Impact Study to…

Lifetime effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study through age 40

December 8, 2017

By Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. (2005) This study — perhaps the most well-known of all HighScope research efforts — examines the lives of 123 children born in poverty and at high risk of failing in school. From 1962–1967, at ages 3 and 4, the…

Updating the Economic Impacts of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program

December 8, 2017

By Nores, M., Belfield, C.R., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2005) This article derives an updated cost-benefit ratio for the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program, an intensive preschool intervention delivered during the 1960s to at-risk children in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Because children were randomly assigned to the program or a control group, differences in outcomes are probably attributable…

The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program: Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Data from the Age-40 Follow-Up

December 8, 2017

By Belfield, C.R., Nores, M., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2006) This paper presents an updated cost-benefit analysis of the High/Scope Perry preschool Program, using data on individuals aged 40. Children were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group. Program costs are compared against treatment impacts on educational resources, earnings, criminal activity, and welfare receipt….

Private Providers in State Pre-K: Vital Partners

November 1, 2011 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

In this article from the National Association for Young Children's journal Young Children, 66(6), authors Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett discuss how private preschool providers have played an important role in the expansion of state pre-K across the country and examine how these collaborations work.

Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention

August 1, 2011

In this article from the August 19, 2011 issue of Science, author Steve Barnett examines the effectiveness of early childhood programs designed to offset the impacts of poverty and inadequate learning environments on child development and school success.