Evaluating Indiana’s Publicly-Funded Preschool Pilot
With close to 255,000 preschool-aged children in Indiana, it is critical to have data to guide the decisions made on their behalf. The Early Childhood Center's (ECC) three-year commitment to preschool children, teachers, administrators and the state funders yielded information that could be used to make decisions for the future of Indiana's young children.
In 2014 the ECC embarked on a state-wide evaluation of the Early Education Matching Grant (EEMG), Indiana's pilot effort to fund early education for 4-year old children of families living in poverty,.
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) team evaluated the efforts of the EEMG in four areas research tells us are important factors for successful early childhood education: children's gains in learning; social behavioral functioning; family engagement; and classroom quality.