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Evaluation of kindergarten readiness in five child-parent centers: Report for 2014-15

The Social Impact Bond (SIB) (also referred to as Pay for Success) is a funding mechanism where private businesses support programs that are expected to have a high return on investment. Beginning in 2014-15, the IFF Pay for Success project funded additional CPC preschool slots at six CPS schools. In 2015-16, two additional sites (identified by CPS and approved by the city of Chicago) were added to the PFS project. SRI International (SRI) has been hired to conduct the evaluation of the child outcomes for this project referred to as the "SIB-CPC project". The project anticipates serving four cohorts of preschool children across the eight sites over four school years-- Cohort 1: 2014-15, Cohort 2: 2015-16, Cohort 3: 2016-17, and Cohort 4: 2017-18. This first SRI project report describes the kindergarten readiness outcomes of the first cohort of children in the SIB-CPC project. First, we briefly describe the CPC program and its expansion efforts using SIB funding, including evidence about the impacts of the CPC program model on children's school readiness and school achievement. Second, we describe how the SIB-CPC program is being evaluated. Third, we present the extent to which the SIB-CPC program goals have been achieved for the kindergarten readiness outcomes for Cohort 1. (author abstract)
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