The Perry Preschool Home Visiting Study (2016–2017)
This study is funded internally by the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. During this project, HighScope will reanalyze the home visit records collected as part of the Perry Preschool Study to see if the home-visiting processes or trends in the home-visiting records shed any light on the long-lasting effects of the Perry Preschool Study.
The National Institute on Aging Perry Preschool Midlife Study (2016–present)
This study is funded by National Institute of Health (NIH) and is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. James Heckman — NORC at the University of Chicago — as well as selected health, cognitive, and personality researchers around the country. During this project, researchers will collect and analyze data about the HighScope Perry Preschool Program and its effect through midlife; it is an age-50 follow-up of HighScope’s groundbreaking Perry Preschool Study. This project will provide further information about how a high-quality early childhood education, which supplemented the early life environments of disadvantaged African-American children, may have contributed to their health and well-being during midlife.
IES HighScope Curriculum Replication Study (2016–present)
The Replication Study project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Sciences (IES). It is a randomized control trial evaluation of the most recently created HighScope curriculum. Dr. Eboni Howard at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the Principal Investigator. HighScope will assist AIR in conducting the study by coordinating all training and coaching of participating teachers, and suggesting formative evaluation assessment tools.
Child Observation Record (COR) for Kindergarten Development, Validation, and Implementation Study (2014–present)
This study is funded internally by the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. This project led to the development of a two-part kindergarten assessment consisting of a kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) and a yearlong ongoing assessment. After development, the instrument was validated during a year-long pilot study. During the 2016-2017 school year, states, districts, and schools will participate in HighScope’s COR for Kindergarten Implementation Study. At the completion of the implementation study, COR for Kindergarten will be commercially available.
Detroit Head Start Innovation Fund (2014–present)
This project is funded by Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan on behalf of the Southeastern Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. This project is currently developing a database to house Detroit Head Start Birth to 5 Pilot grantees’ data from multiple sources (i.e., Child PLUS, COPA, COR Advantage) through a new partnership with Red-e Set Grow (RSG). So far, HighScope’s work involves helping RSG understand the complex nature of the data collected, and how to process the data for monthly enrollment and attrition reports. HighScope will conduct longitudinal analysis of the data and create reports about children's and programs’ progress.
Brightmoor Quality Early Childhood Education Initiatives (2012–present)
The Brightmoor project is funded by the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. HighScope leads the formative evaluation of the projects the Fisher Foundation funds in the Brightmoor area of Detroit. HighScope analyzes existing data, provides recommendations for improving services and evaluation data collection strategies, and supports decision-making for future funding directions. HighScope collects and reports community-based collective impact data and outcomes, as well as child outcomes data.
For HighScope’s work during the continuation of the evaluation (2016–2019), funded by the Fisher Foundation, we shifted our evaluation focus to evaluating Everybody Ready — a program that administers scholarships to Brightmoor families to obtain high-quality child care — and Development Centers, Inc. (DCI), a program that provides professional development to Brightmoor child care providers. As part of HighScope’s work in Brightmoor, HighScope’s Early Childhood Education and Educational Services departments will also provide training and coaching services to Brightmoor providers during the first two years of the evaluation. Additionally, CEEE will explore historical data and conduct interviews to document the impact of the Fisher Foundation’s seven-year investment in raising the quality of early childhood services in Brightmoor.
Michigan Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (2007–present)
The OSEP evaluation project is funded yearly by the Michigan Department of Education. This project has three components: (1) to ensure that valid and reliable data is collected on preschool children’s outcomes (indicator 7) and inclusion (indicator 6); (2) to conduct data analysis and provide reports to the Michigan Department of Education, intermediate school districts, local school districts, and other stakeholders for use in developing improvement strategies; and (3) to measure and continually improve the impact and outcomes of the products and materials developed during the project.
Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program Evaluation (1995–present)
This evaluation is funded yearly by the Michigan Department of Education. It is a mixed-design study created to evaluate the effectiveness of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) program. The study uses a statewide sample of intermediate school districts, local education agencies, preschool programs, and elementary schools. Currently, this evaluation study includes longitudinal follow-up of state preschool graduates, as well as a new impact evaluation in Lansing-area schools, rural school districts (Huron, Tuscola, and Sanilac), and schools in the Kent Intermediate School District (ISD). Kent ISD has a large Spanish-speaking, English language learners population. At Kent ISD, HighScope will explore the impact of GSRP on Spanish-English dual language learners, in addition to conducting classroom observations to better identify practices that lead to higher child gains.