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Professional Development and Technical Assistance that Achieves Implementation of Evidence-based Practices PI and
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Project EAGLE Early Head Start Expansion Educare Evaluation

Atwater, J.
Walker, D.


University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc. (ACF)


The Junipers Gardens Children's Project will be responsible for evaluation of the Kansas City Educare Center, following assessment protocols developed by the Educare Learning Network (ELN) and for collaboration with other ELN investigators on the national evaluation of Educare.  Specifically activities will include: Conducting on-site child assessments, classroom observations, and teacher interviews – At a minimum this includes assessments required for the national evaluation; Entering and cleaning data; Maintaining a database for evaluation data, including formats to support regular reports to Center staff and parents; Preparing evaluation reports for Center staff and parents; Conducting an annual descriptive analysis of evaluation data; Meeting with Center management on a regular basis (monthly) to discuss logistics related to data collection, interpretation of evaluation data, and ways that data may inform professional development and practice; Communicating with the national BLN network through conference calls and annual meetings; Presenting information about the evaluation to staff, parent groups, and boards as requested by the program; and Consulting with center managers and master teachers to support their sharing of evaluation reports with staff and parents.


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