Family Engagement and Intensive Early Childhood Education
Serving children and families from six elementary schools in partnership with Omaha Public Schools and Omaha Public Library
Parent University is a comprehensive approach to family engagement based on best practices. Families support their child’s education by taking advantage of free courses organized in strands: Parenting, Life Skills and Wellness, School Success and Leadership.
33% English language learners (ELL)
35% No high school or GED
Intensive Early Childhood Education
The teachers involved in Intensive Early Childhood Education work daily with teacher coaches to help preschool children make bigger gains in learning. An extra two weeks of professional development supports best practice strategies.
17% English Language Learners (ELL)
Students with parents enrolled in Parent University made more significant gains in school readiness than their peers.
School Readiness Comparison
WHAT IT MEASURES: key school readiness indicators
Parents demonstrated significant improvements in their parenting strategies and relationships with their children.
Parenting Skills Assessment
WHAT IT MEASURES: Impact measures for parent participants in Common Sense Parenting classes tailored for Parent University.
Students in the Intensive Early Childhood preschool classrooms made significant gains in school readiness skills across the last two years.
Bracken School Readiness
WHAT IT MEASURES: student grasp of concepts important for learning like colors and numbers
Intensive Early Childhood preschool teachers demonstrated scores at or above the top 10% of all Head Start programs nationally.
CLASS Teaching Scale
WHAT IT MEASURES: quality of teaching environment and impact on student opportunity to learn