The ECEI is the Local Evaluation Partner for Tulsa's three Educare Centers. The Educare model is a research-based approach for providing high quality education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers growing up in low-income families. The Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the Ounce of Prevention Fund work with local public and private partners in communities across the country to establish Educare centers. These centers comprise the growing consortium known as the Educare Learning Network. The Tulsa Educare Centers are part of this network. The Educare Implementation Study was designed by researchers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute to document the features of Educare and how implementation of the model contributes to program quality and links to child and family outcomes.
A variety of child assesesments (PPVT, PLS-5, MEFs) are used to assess children's language development and executive function skills. Classroom observations include the CLASS-Toddler and CLASS Pre-K, along with the Q-CCIIT. In addition, parent surveys and DECAs are collected annually.
Principal Investigators are Dr. Diane Horm and Dr. Sherri Castle; Project Director is Holly Neveu, Assistant Project Director is Brittany Swain; Research Associates are Jennifer Petty, Leah Miranda, Blanca Gonzalez, Irving Martinez Hernandez, Marsha Barnes, Melissa Ruiz, and Karen Vega.