High-quality instruction across prekindergarten auspice: An implementation study

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Nov 01, 2019

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Jan 31, 2023
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Harvard University and Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development awarded the University of Michigan, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Department of Early Childhood and with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and MDRC, funding totaling $500,000 to conduct an implementation study of an historic expansion of universal prekindergarten in Boston.

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In April 2019, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a historic expansion of universal prekindergarten (UPK) in Boston, primarily in community-based preschool settings. In Fall 2019, the City added 480 new preschool seats, with another 500 seats planned over the following several years. UPK sites are receiving training, coaching, and additional funding to deliver high-quality instruction to enrolled four year olds, following Boston Public School’s proven prekindergarten program model.

The Foundation for Child Development has awarded the University of Michigan, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Department of Early Childhood and with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and MDRC, funding totaling $500,000 to conduct an implementation study of this historic expansion. The research team will examine the key center, classroom, and teacher-level factors that drive strong instructional quality and child learning in UPK classrooms, as well as any additional supports necessary to support teachers and students.

Study findings will contribute to research on how to build strong public prekindergarten programs across public schools and community-based preschool programs. Beyond Boston, almost all public prekindergarten systems nationally are based in both public schools and community-based preschool programs. But there is almost no research to guide policy and practice to ensure such mixed systems are strong and equitable.

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