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Starting Out Right: A Cluster Evaluation of the Early Childhood Grants of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Year 3 Final Report

Published: December 2007

Publisher(s): John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Author(s): Gomby, Deanna S.; Lisa G. Klein

Funder(s): John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

View Report (64 pages; 570KB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Strengthen Early Learning

Abstract: The report evaluates the Knight Foundation's early childhood grantmaking in 12 communities, with a focus on grants that transformed systems and built networks at a scale sufficient to create meaningful change.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= The most successful programs were those that were either replications of model programs, or those that employed strategies that had been part of a successful program in other locations.

= Measuring the quality of services using the newest standardized measures is essential for maintaining program quality.

= Program intensity and duration must match the needs of the children and families being served.

= A successful program comes not only from enrolling those that will benefit from the program but also retaining them.

= Response to the increasing diversity of the child population is essential.

= Public-private partnerships increase the likelihood of program sustainability.

Geographic Focus : National

Subjects/Keywords : Early childhood; accountability; quality early care; low-income communities; children of color; English as a second language; public-private partnership; child development; disadvantaged children

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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