In 2019, RFA conducted research and provided technical assistance and evaluation planning to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning (OCDEL) to advance early childhood systems-building initiatives supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Preschool Development Grant to improve early child care and education throughout the commonwealth. Our research drew on 40 interviews with partners and stakeholders and a comprehensive document review to generate internal recommendations for research and evaluation, a scan of existing project-specific research and evaluation efforts, an evaluation of the alignment between initiative work plans and OCDEL’s goals, and recommendations for improving cross-project collaboration and coordination.
Boosting Children’s Language and Literacy Skills Through Blueprint: An Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy 2017 – 2019
RFA’s three-year mixed methods evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s language and literacy supports found positive impacts despite higher-than-typical teacher turnover. In pre-K centers receiving CLI supports, teachers were more able to implement effective instructional practices…
A bibliography and suggestions for further reading, as well as the technical appendix to accompany Making It Work: Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania.
As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young…