Evaluation

IR’s evaluations of federal, state, and local early care and education programs, policies, and costs identify best practices and lead to recommendations for improving program quality. AIR can help organizations to:

  • Work with stakeholders to plan an evaluation approach,
  • Conduct a process evaluation to determine the factors that facilitate and hinder program implementation,
  • Conduct an outcomes evaluation to assess impacts on children and families, and
  • Assess the quality of preschool settings using tools such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

AIR projects have included:

  • Evaluating Preschool for All initiatives in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Los Angeles Counties;
  • Evaluating family literacy services in Los Angeles County;
  • Implementing a review of early childhood interventions for the federal What Works Clearinghouse; and
  • Helping the California Department of Education evaluate its efforts to improve the quality and quantity of early care and education, including an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of child care staff training programs, technical assistance services, and capacity-building initiatives.

AIR Research and Evaluation Reports

  • AIR conducted an evaluation of the Stretch to Kindergarten summer kindergarten transition program in Mountain View, CA.  The report below summarizes findings from the third year of the evaluation.

  • AIR conducted a five-year joint process evaluation, which began in December of 2005, to assess the implementation of Preschool for All (PFA), administered by First 5 San Francisco, in San Francisco County. This report summarizes the findings from the fifth year of the evaluation.

  • AIR conducted a joint process evaluation, which began in December of 2005, to assess the implementation of Preschool for All (PFA) in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The process evaluation was designed to investigate and document the implementation and the preliminary impacts of PFA on children, families, providers, and the community. The Year 4 report for San Francisco County summarizes the evaluation activities conducted in the last year of the process evaluation, which included interviews with a random sample of PFA providers. This final report also offers a cumulative look at the major findings that emerged over the course of the four-year study.

  • This is an update report submitted to First 5 LA outlining evaluation activities and preliminary findings from Year 5, the first year of Phase II of the evaluation.

  • This report presents the findings from Year 2 of the Evaluation of Preschool for All in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.  The Year 2 study included focus groups with PFA parents, surveys of PFA providers, and observations of PFA classrooms.

  • AIR is conducting a three-year process evaluation of Preschool For All in San Mateo and San Francisco counties. This report summarizes the findings from the first year of the evaluation, which included interviews and focus groups with PFA program directors, teachers, and partners.

  • This is the final report from AIR's evaluation of Phase I of the First 5 LA Family Literacy Initiative.