Mission and vision: Lifting lives through education.
HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan. HighScope's mission is to lift lives through education. We envision a world in which all educational settings use active participatory learning so everyone has a chance to succeed in life and contribute to society.
HighScope activities include —
- Training preschool and elementary teachers and administrators
- Conducting research projects on the effectiveness of educational programs
- Developing curricula for infant/toddler, preschool, elementary, youth development, and movement and music programs
- Developing early literacy curricula and assessment materials and conducting related research
- Presenting an annual International HighScope Conference for teachers and teacher-trainers
- Publishing books, videos, curriculum materials, and assessment tools for educators and researchers
- Operating a Demonstration Preschool in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that serves children in the local community and provides a model of "HighScope in action" for visiting educators
- Operating the HighScope Retreat and Meeting Center in Clinton, Michigan
Funding for HighScope programs.
Grants from foundations and corporations and contracts with local, state, and federal governmental agencies are the primary sources of support for HighScope programs and projects. Sales of materials published by HighScope Press are another source of support. In addition to receiving grants and contracts for specific training, educational, and research activities, HighScope accepts donations to its permanent endowment fund from organizations and private citizens.
The HighScope educational approach is known throughout the world, and centers for the dissemination of HighScope materials and ideas are located in the UK, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Singapore. HighScope is not a part of the public schools or any governmental organization. HighScope preschool programs are compatible with the Guidelines for Appropriate Practice published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The name "HighScope" refers to the organization's high purposes and far-reaching mission. HighScope materials are translated into other languages and available from various foreign publishers as well as from our online store.
Organizational history of HighScope.
HighScope was established in 1970 by Dr. David P. Weikart, who started the organization to continue research and program activities he originally initiated as an administrator with the Ypsilanti Public Schools. Dr. Weikart retired in December 2000 and is now deceased; Dr. Lawrence J. Schweinhart is now HighScope Foundation's President and A. Clay Shouse is the Vice President. While HighScope conducts research in a variety of areas, HighScope is perhaps best known for its research on the lasting effects of preschool education and its preschool curriculum approach. HighScope's preschool education approach is used throughout the world and its research on preschool education has had an important impact on public policy, contributing to the continuation of the national Head Start program and other educational programs for young children.