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Evaluating Effects of Full-day Head Start on Academic Performance at the End of Grade 1

Description:

This study is the fourth in a series of studies on the impact of the full-day Head Start model in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This study was designed to examine the effects of the full-day Head Start model on students' academic performance at the end of Grade 1 for the first 2007—2008 full-day Head Start model cohort.

Recommendations:

  • Examine areas needing improvement as early as kindergarten for students impacted by poverty by establishing processes to review and use Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) data at the school and program level.
  • Develop an action plan to review and synthesize the findings from the series of four studies on the impact of the full-day Head Start program in MCPS with a goal to: a) identify areas needing improvement in the pre-K and kindergarten instructional programs, and b) establish strategies for instituting changes to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Refocus future studies to include the examination of students' instructional experiences as they transition from pre-K to successive grade levels.
  • Confirm the patterns of the findings in this report with at least one more cohort of students who attended the full-day Head Start model.
  • Evaluate the long-term impact of the full-day Head Start program in succeeding grades.

    File Name: Effects of Full-day Head Start at End of Grade 1.pdf (1MB PDF)

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