Clayton Educare Outcomes
The synergy of research, practice and training is evident in our comprehensive approach to evaluation and data-driven enhancement of Clayton Educare programming. We closely track the quality of our classrooms and teaching practices, and the progress of each child, with a variety of assessment tools. Information about individual children’s progress is shared with teachers and parents. Aggregate information is shared with Educare leaders, staff and other stakeholders to guide continuous improvement efforts and to celebrate accomplishments.
Snapshots from the 2009-10 school year indicate that Clayton Educare is providing a high-quality program for the families it serves and that the children make progress while in the program.
ECERS-R Scores for Educare Preschool and Older Toddler Classrooms
Classroom observations indicated Educare classrooms are of high quality, now and consistently in past years.
Percent of Infants and Toddlers Demonstrating Above Average Early Communication Skills
Becoming an effective communicator is an important developmental task throughout life, but particularly in the infant and toddler period. In Winter 2010, 60 percent of children were demonstrating above-average communication skills. In the Summer of 2010, we looked at two groups of children. Nearly two-thirds of those in the program since winter were demonstrating above-average communication skills. This is in contrast to the 45 percent of children who were new to the program in the Summer of 2010. One would expect about half of children in the general population to score above-average on this assessment.
Change in Preschool-Aged Children’s Vocabulary Scores Over the Course of the School Year
The size of a child’s vocabulary, even before he or she begins to learn to read, has a powerful impact on future success in school. Preschool-aged children in all our service options made gains in their vocabularies over the course of the year.