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Educare Implementation Study

The ECEI is the Local Evaluation Partner for Tulsa's Educare schools. 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 assessments (PPVT, PLS-5, MEFs) are used to assess children's language development and executive function skills. Classroom observations have included 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 Melissa Acton, Assistant Project Director is Brittany Swain; Research Associates are Marsha Barnes, Irving Martinez Hernandez, Jennifer Petty, Melissa Ruiz, Jenny Shaw and Karen Vega.