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Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Evaluation

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Evaluation is central to the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan. What we learn—both about the process of implementing this approach and the impact it is having on children, families, and schools—will help us know what parts of the plan are most effective and can be leveraged most successfully in a variety of settings across Nebraska and beyond.

The evaluation study was conducted jointly by the University of Nebraska ΜΆ Lincoln’s Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation of the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Research in the report was supported by the Learning Community Coordinating Council, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Lozier Foundation, and the Weitz Family Foundation.

2019-20 Evaluation Report

The report looked at the fifth year implementation of the Superintendents' Plan. Highlights: Efforts to engage families are increasing and shifted to virtual home visiting in the spring of 2020; family engagement reflects quality relationships between home visitors and families; parent-child interaction reflected that most parents involved in the home visiting evaluation were interacting with children in ways that supported early learning; families reported relatively high levels of engagement with schools; classroom quality has improved over the first five years of the full implementation and was significantly higher in 2019-20 relative to 2015-16 for classroom organization, instructional quality, and emotional support; on average, children’s reading and math achievement status were slightly below expected levels and varied by family and child demographics related to income, race, and ethnicity, while student growth in these areas was slightly above expected levels and also varied by income, race, and ethnicity; school and district leadership have shifted their perspectives to integrating a birth-Grade 3 approach to learning, with increased ownership of School as Hub, greater engagement with families, and a growing value for community partnership; school leadership has been instrumental in responding to the pandemic to provide instructional supports for families.

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2018-19 Evaluation Report

The report looked at the fourth year implementation of the Superintendents' Plan. Highlights: Classroom quality has increased significantly over the course of four years; home visiting has been an area of intensive effort and increasing staff support will impact even more children; family partnerships are increasing as schools continue to shift their perspectives related to engaging families from birth; implementation insights show principals recognize the importance of building relationships one family at a time and family-school partnership work is valued and evolving.

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2017-18 Evaluation Report

The report looked at the third year implementation of the Superintendents' Plan. Highlights: Classroom interactions and instruction are improving; children in home visiting whose home language is Spanish show increases in language development (with greater gains associated with more home visits); language development improved for children in PreK through Grade 3, with greater gains for low-income and Hispanic children; early educational achievement increased over time, with greater gains for children who are black and children whose home language is Spanish; home visiting is reaching families with greater needs; families are increasing their access to supports that help reduce stress; schools are learning to welcome and engage families in meaningful and inclusive ways.

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2016-17 Evaluation Report

The report looked at the second year implementation of the Superintendents' Plan. Highlights: Children made progress; quality of teacher-child instructional interactions increased; families experienced high levels of support; and schools focused more on family partnerships.

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