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Project

Evaluation of the Creative Curriculum for Preschools

Market
Education
Services
Program Evaluations
Research Services
Implementation Services
Surveys & Data Collection
Client
Teaching Strategies Inc.
Expertise
Survey Research and Data Collection

Under subcontract to Chesapeake Research Associates, IMPAQ is assisting with an evaluation of the Creative Curriculum for Preschools. First developed in 1988 by Teaching Strategies, Inc., this curriculum is among the most widely used in preschool programs in the United States. The purpose of the project is to conduct an independent random assignment evaluation of the Creative Curriculum. This evaluation assesses the impact of the curriculum on the classroom environment, children’s development and kindergarten readiness, and whether the curriculum can be implemented with fidelity. The evaluation is being conducted in 45 preschools and includes the collection of program background data, parent and child information, pre-and-post test measures, classroom observation data, implementation and fidelity data, and site visits. IMPAQ is responsible for all aspects of the field data collection task. Major activities under this task include: recruiting and hiring classroom assessors; conducting classroom assessor training; Conducting student testing and classroom observations during the fall and spring across two school years; and ensuring quality control.