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Title: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Preschool Literacy Curriculum for Children At-Risk
Center: NCER Year: 2003
Principal Investigator: Lonigan, Christopher Awardee: Florida State University
Program: Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 4 years Award Amount: $1,675,653
Type: Efficacy and Replication Award Number: R305J030093

The goal of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of 2 preschool curricula that emphasize building beginning reading skills—Open Court Pre-K/DLM Express and Literacy Express. Using a block-randomization research design, the researchers assigned 16 schools to one of three curricula conditions: Open Court Pre-K/DLM Express, the Literacy Express, or the curriculum that is currently in place. In addition, the investigators are evaluating the effects of using standard workshops as the method of teacher training with the three curricula, compared to workshops with follow-up in-class coaching.

Three hundred 4-year-old children in Florida pre-K programs are participating in the first year; a second cohort of 300 additional 4-year-old children will join the study in the second year. The sample includes children from diverse family, racial, ethnic, and neighborhood backgrounds, as well as children with developmentally delayed learning skills. The majority of children are African Americans from low-income families. The project goal is to determine whether the curricula and teacher training strategies lead to different learning results for students with various characteristics.


IES published report (GPO)

Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research Consortium (2008). Effects of Preschool Curriculum Programs on School Readiness (NCER 2008–2009). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Research. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

Lonigan, C.J. (2006). Development, Assessment, and Promotion Of Preliteracy Skills. Early Education and Development, 17 (1): 91–114.

Phillips, B.M., and Lonigan, C.J. (2009). Variations In The Home Literacy Environment Of Preschool Children: A Cluster Analytic Approach. Scientific Studies of Reading, 13 (2): 146–174.