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As policy-makers continue to expand preschool opportunities for children, a central concern is how disparate preschool programs and elementary school environments can be sequenced to best support children’s development. Indeed, developmentalists have highlighted the need for research on creating continuous learning experiences in early childhood (Stipek et al, 2017). Our symposium adds to this emerging literature by examining: how parents choose preschool programs; how preschool sequences influence children’s outcomes at kindergarten; and how preschool-grade 3 (P-3) environments can be structured to facilitate persistence.
The first study examines how families navigate and make choices among multiple pre-k options using family application data from NYC’s universal “Pre-K for All” program.
The next two studies look at how the preschool settings families select at ages 3 and 4 affect development. Study two considers the immediate impacts on school readiness from enrollment in a county preschool program at age 3 and the role of children’s age-4 classroom experiences in the persistence of program benefits at kindergarten entry. The third paper compares children’s outcomes at kindergarten entry after completing one of two different preschool sequences—Head Start at ages 3 & 4 or Head Start age 3 & pre-k at age 4—using integrated birth, social services, and school district linked data.
The final study extends into early elementary environments, where the authors use mixed methodology to study the implementation and impact on children’s outcomes of a unique county-level P-3 initiative that included preschool, summer learning interventions, school attendance supports, and family engagement activities.
How to Choose? Understanding how Families Select Pre-K Programs in a Free, Universal System - Presenting Author: Rachel Abenavoli, New York University; Non-Presenting Author: Elizabeth B Miller, New York Univeristy; Non-Presenting Author: Pamela A. Morris, New York Univeristy; Non-Presenting Author: Christopher Rodrigues, New York University
Starting Early: The Benefits of Attending Early Childhood Education Programs at Age 3 - Presenting Author: Arya Ansari, The University of Virginia; Non-Presenting Author: Bob Pianta, University of Virginia; Non-Presenting Author: Jessica Whittaker, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia; Non-Presenting Author: Virginia Vitiello, University of Virginia; Non-Presenting Author: Erik Ruzek, University of Virginia
How do Preschool Program Sequences Influence Children’s Development? Evidence from Baltimore City - Presenting Author: Jeffrey Grigg, John Hopkins University; Non-Presenting Author: Jade Jenkins, University of California, Irvine; Non-Presenting Author: David McKinney, Johns Hopkins University; Non-Presenting Author: Faith Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Title: P-3 in Action: An Implementation and Outcomes Analysis of a Collective Impact Preschool to 3rd Grade Initiative - Presenting Author: Celia Gomez, RAND Corporation; Non-Presenting Author: Anamarie Auger Whitaker, RAND Corporation; Non-Presenting Author: Susannah Faxon-Mills, RAND Corporation; Non-Presenting Author: Jill S. Cannon, RAND Corporation; Non-Presenting Author: Lynn A. Karoly, RAND Corporation