Scaling Effective P-3 Programs is the Next Frontier in Education

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 1:30pm

Arthur J. Reynolds, Momoko Hayakawa, Suh-Ruu Ou, Christina F. Mondi, Michelle M. Englund, Allyson J. Candee, Nicole E. Smerillo


We describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive preschool to 3rd grade prevention program for the goals of sustaining services at a large scale. The Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion is a multi-level collaborative school reform model designed to improve school achievement and parental involvement. By increasing the dosage, coordination, and comprehensiveness of services, the program is expected to enhance the transition to school and promote more enduring effects on well-being in multiple domains. We review and evaluate  evidence from two longitudinal studies and four implementation examples how the guiding principles of shared ownership, committed resources, and progress monitoring for improvement can promote effectiveness. The implementation system of partners and further expansion using “Pay for Success” financing shows the feasibility of scaling the program while continuing to improve effectiveness.

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