White Center Early Learning Initiative - Educare Evaluation
Contact: Miriam Hirschstein, firstname.lastname@example.org 206 685-7470
Core Function: Research and Evaluation
Educare is a model of center-based early childhood care and education developed by the Ounce of Prevention Fund and implemented in high poverty neighborhoods across the country. Key features of Educare include a public-private funding partnership, a place specifically designed for early care and education, and a full-day, full-year program to serve children from birth to five. The program seeks to promote and sustain best practices in early childhood education to benefit children and families living in poverty. Program characteristics include the use of research-based strategies, reflective supervision and practice, intensive staff development, and small class sizes with high staff/child ratios. In addition, Educare programming aims to increase children's school readiness skills by emphasizing social-emotional development, language and literacy skills, and family involvement.
In partnership with Thrive by Five and the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), the Barnard Center is the local evaluation partner for the Educare program. The Barnard Center provides evaluation and technical support to PSESD in regard to implementing Educare in a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse, low-income population in the White Center area. As local evaluation partner, the Barnard Center has joined a consortium of 17 sites across the country implementing the Educare model as part of the Bounce Learning Network. The local evaluators are all under the leadership of a national evaluator at the Frank Porter Graham Center at the University of North Carolina.