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Evaluation of the Midwest Expansion of the CPC Education Program

SRI is studying this government program that aims to improve school readiness, achievement, and parent engagement.

As a subcontractor to the University of Minnesota, SRI is conducting an evaluation of the Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center (CPC) Education Program. Implemented in 1967 in response to poor attendance, low achievement, and parent disengagement with schools, the CPC Education Program provides comprehensive education and family support services from preschool to third grade (Pk-3) that aim to improve school readiness skills and early school achievement and increase parent education and home support for learning.

Funded through a five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the evaluation will involve more than 2,000 children, their parents, and schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to determine whether the CPC Education Program leads to improved student and parent outcomes.

The evaluation will address three major questions:

  1. Are the CPC intervention components well implemented?
  2. Do students in the CPC Education Program make greater gains in school readiness skills than students in the comparison group?
  3. Compared with parents of children in the comparison group, do intervention parents show greater involvement in their children’s school and support their early learning?