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Pre-K 4 SA evaluation report: Year 3

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As a result of the evidence for high-quality early education and the recent loss of state-funded seats and slow growth of state programs, new initiatives are emerging. This includes programs at the city level to increase school readiness, decrease achievement gaps, and align early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. San Antonio, Texas, is among several cities that have opted for investing in preschool education, in addition to state mandates, much like the Boston pre-K program (National League of Cities, 2012). San Antonio is unique because the city has funded the program through a voter-approved 1/8 cent increase in local sales tax rates starting April 1, 2013. The program, called Pre-K 4 SA, serves many children who are at risk for falling behind their peers and for lacking in kindergarten readiness, with the goal of increasing early childhood quality and school readiness across the city of San Antonio. Pre-K 4 SA completed a third year of implementation as of the completion of the 2015-16 school year. The purpose of the current report is to present Year 3 evaluation findings of the Pre-K 4 SA program. Investigations included: (1) descriptive information concerning child attendance, family engagement, and classroom and teacher quality information; (2) implementation results; and (3) outcome analysis results of the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment system (GOLD), which is the primary outcome of interest at the end of the pre-K year. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
Country:
United States
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Texas

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