IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BUFFETT EARLY CHILDHOOD INSTITUTE & LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan
Early success in the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan shifted, as a pandemic redefined the school year. Buffett Early Childhood Institute partnered with school leadership and family engagement teams in providing support to families and school staff. Despite the challenges, assessments of program quality and child development and learning continued where possible. The evaluation also assessed the uptake of School as Hub principles of quality, continuity, and equity.
“…the more we understand the family, and family dynamics, some of the challenges they’re facing, it’s easier to understand what our students bring to school with them every day…”
INSTRUCTION AND LEARNING
Classroom quality is relatively high and has increased significantly over time.
Despite high classroom quality, many children in the Learning Community lack access to quality supports for learning. Please note: due to the cancellation of year-end testing, children’s reading and math scores are for fall only.
Student growth improved, but varied by group membership, revealing disparities in achievement based on family income, home language, and child race/ethnicity
“Equity is one of our core values of the district. Everything we should be doing should have equity at the heart.”
Instilling School as Hub values is important to reach the goal of closing opportunity gaps. Interviews with school principals and staff reflect a growing understanding of leadership.
3 Key Leadership Roles
- Focus on equity and early education
- Build diverse teams, integrate school/district priorities, and connect with community partners
- Leverage relationships to share knowledge across schools/districts
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IMPACT
In addition to interviews with school principals, evaluators looked at the quality of the relationship between families and school staff.
- Home Visiting. Evaluations revealed positive parent-child interactions. Please note: fall only results due to COVID-19.
- Family Surveys. 889 families from 10 schools responded and rated their engagement with schools very positively.