WRMA Releases Reports on Outcomes Associated with Early Childhood Education and Health Services
WRMA's three-year evaluation of First 5 Sacramento services has culminated into two recently released reports. The first report discusses the implementation of four distinct methodologies to evaluate School Readiness services: (1) A standardized assessment examined pre-kindergarten-aged children's early math, language, and vocabulary skills; (2) a survey of teachers assessed randomly selected children's social and emotional development; (3) a parent survey measured changes over time in activities with children and levels of stress and emotional support; and (4) outcomes such as parent involvement in the classroom and teachers' beliefs and attitudes were documented and compared with best practices. The second report presents outcomes from a three-year longitudinal survey of randomly selected parents. Bi-lingual, trained field interviewers administered the survey instrument to assess service utilization in relation to breastfeeding duration, effective parenting practices, access and utilization of medical and dental services, and other outcomes. The report also discusses the demographic characteristics and services received by the 34,000 children and 27,000 parents recruited for the evaluation over the three-year period.
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