Research: Education: Funded Research

Making Pre-K Count: Kindergarten Expansion

The Robin Hood Foundation and MDRC have partnered to establish the Robin Hood Early Childhood Initiative, with the goal of identifying, implementing, and rigorously evaluating promising solutions that can dramatically improve the life trajectories of low-income preschoolers in New York City, particularly with respect to long-term academic success, reduced criminal activity, and increased adult earnings. The first initiative was designed to reduce poverty by narrowing the persistent achievement gap between low-income children and their higher-income peers through a curriculum-based intervention. The first initiative was focused on enhancing math instruction as a key component of a preschool intervention model. The project will now build on Making Pre-K Count (MPC), the first project of the Robin Hood Early Childhood Initiative, by following up with a kindergarten enhancement of Math Clubs in which tutors provide small-group instruction to four children at a time.

The project included a two-phase strategy, beginning with a 14-month pilot phase. During the pilot phase, we finalized the Math Club curriculum, hired and trained staff, and collected information to ensure that Math Clubs could be implemented with fidelity and quality, that children?s attendance would be high, and that children would make sufficient progress in their math skills. In early 2015, we proceeded to full-scale program implementation and an accompanying related evaluation for the 2015-16 school year. We are now in the report writing phase of the project, with a potential follow-up data collection planned in 2019-2020. This amendment covers the next two years of the project.

Funding:

MDRC

Funding Period:

06/01/2012 to 06/30/2019