Los Angeles – Fall evaluation results for the 2008-2009 School Readiness Initiative (SRI) at Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) show that, for the fourth year, children ages 0-5 who participate in the program are better prepared to enter kindergarten and succeed in school. In addition, their parents have acquired increased skills in becoming their child’s first and most important teachers. Through a 5-year grant from First 5 LA, this program also links children 0-5 and their families with local public schools to foster engagement with education and the life of the school.
For parents participating in SRI activities, 100% reported increased engagement in early learning activities with their child and improved capacity to care for their family’s needs, as well as key attitude changes regarding the importance of their involvement to their children’s academic success. 99% of parents reported increased awareness of how to watch for and identify potential special needs. Parents who read to their children everyday almost doubled, with an increase from 24 to 44%.
A parent who attended workshops observed that, “We both learned. I learned how to discipline them when needed and how to praise them when they did something well. I saw how the teacher praised them and how that motivated them.”
Over 90% of the children in the home visitation component of the program met or exceeded age-appropriate developmental levels in all five test categories assessed by the “Ages and Stages” (University of Oregon) developmental screening instrument.
“My one son who did not participate in the home visitation program was rejected from pre-k because of testing, but my other son who did participate knew all his numbers and colors and passed the pre-k test,” said a recent SRI parent.
The evaluator for LAEP’s School Readiness initiative is Harder+Company Community Research.
For more information on the initiative, please visit LAEP’s Early Childhood webpage.