Educare tracks program quality and child outcomes with the Educare Implementation Study.
Several years of rigorous evaluation shows that when children leave Educare for elementary school, the majority are academically, socially and emotionally prepared for kindergarten.
- The majority of Educare parents report engaging with their children at least three times a week in activities like talking to them about their day at Educare, teaching them letters or numbers and reading to them.
- Educare students, including dual-language learners, outperform low-income peers on vocabulary assessments.
- Children who enter Educare at younger ages have higher levels of receptive vocabulary skills at kindergarten entry than children who start Educare later.
- Dual-language learners benefit even more from earlier entry and longer involvement in Educare, demonstrating stronger gains in English language ability.
- Educare’s intentional focus on building children’s social-emotional skills before age 3 and continuing through age 5 works. More time in Educare is associated with higher ratings of social-emotional skills, including teacher-rated self-control and initiative, among most children.
The Benefits of Educare Last
Students, on average, retain the skills they gained at Educare relative to their same-age peers, as shown by studies tracking students’ progress into elementary school.
- Educare children transition to kindergarten with the skills necessary for them to learn and thrive.
- Direct assessments of children at the end of 3rd grade reveal no fade-out, or diminishing, of their social-emotional or concept-development skills.
- Educare effectively engages parents in supporting their children’s development, learning and academic readiness, and provides parents with opportunities to further build their capacities in this area.