Director of Evaluation
Jill Claxton is the Director of Evaluation in the Research, Evaluation and Development Department. She has collected program and child data and trained others to do so both nationally and internationally in her 30+ years with HighScope. She has coordinated and supervised several projects, which entail monitoring multisite research efforts, serving as a liaison with partner sites, establishing guidelines for representative sample selections, and disseminating data findings. She served as the project coordinator for the design, development, and validation of the Family Child Care Program Quality Assessment, Infant-Toddler Program Quality Assessment and Classroom Coach. The children in care across the various projects have ranged in age from infancy through early elementary school attending early childhood center settings, home-based care settings and children cared for in their own homes. Ms. Claxton contributed to an examination of the costs and benefits associated with the expansion of Michigan’s state-funded preschool program, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and the validation of Great Start to Quality (GSQ), Michigan’s state level program quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Ms. Claxton is currently leading the data collection efforts for the Educare Flint evaluation project in partnership with American Institutes for Research.