HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Brenda Leger, Chief Strategy Officer
600 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734.485.2000, Ext. 262

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HighScope Named a Highest-Rated Applicant of i3 Grant

Set to receive $3M grant from US Department of Education

YPSILANTI, MI, November 22, 2016 — HighScope Educational Research Foundation has been announced as one of 15 highest-rated applicants in the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Selected from 385 submissions, HighScope will receive up to $3 million from the US Department of Education to promote self-regulation skills for preschool and kindergarten students in the city of Detroit.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to improve students’ lives,” said HighScope President Cheryl Polk, PhD. “Developing self-regulation in young students has been shown to lead to future academic achievement. This grant will allow us to build on HighScope’s Perry Preschool Study results and apply the newest research on self-regulation to develop the skills children need to set them up for success later in life.”

As an i3 development grant recipient, HighScope must secure matching private sector funds before beginning enhancements on two of its signature curriculum components —plan-do-review (PDR) and conflict resolution (CR) — which will support students’ self-regulation skills, including their abilities to control impulses, make plans, problem-solve, and reflect on their actions. The project will be conducted in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and will serve approximately 2,024 students across 88 classrooms.

The grant will also be used to integrate teacher participation in the development process and support successful implementation of the enhanced PDR/CR in their classrooms. Additional focuses will be on sustaining the intervention after the grant ends by educating families about the importance of self-regulation and training DPSCD early childhood staff as enhanced PDR/CR trainers.

HighScope will work with researchers from Oakland University in developing enhancements to PDR/CR and strengthening its implementation. To research the effectiveness, HighScope will partner with Michigan State University researchers who will serve as independent evaluators. The results of this project will ensure teachers have the tools they need to increase students’ self-regulation abilities to support their academic achievement and to help them build the skills needed for lifelong success.

About HighScope (

The HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to supporting the critical work of educators and caregivers in providing high-quality early childhood education. Based on comprehensive research, HighScope’s active learning approach to birth-through-kindergarten education focuses on engaging curriculum content, child and program assessment, and intentional teaching methods that support the development of young children worldwide.

Founded in 1970 by psychologist David Weikart, PhD, HighScope is headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan with institutes around the world. HighScope is well-known for Dr. Weikart’s visionary Perry Preschool Study that first established the lasting human and financial value of early childhood education. The landmark study was conducted in partnership with pioneering Ypsilanti principal Charles E. Beatty, Sr. to examine the long-term effects of high-quality preschool on young children. More than four decades of research have resulted in the HighScope Curriculum, which has proven in practice to have extraordinary, positive impacts that last a lifetime.