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The effectiveness of the LAUP Coaching Model

Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to quality preschool to four-year-old children in Los Angeles County. To achieve this goal, LAUP coaches lead teachers and, in some cases, also coaches preschool owners, supervisors, and directors in its network. The LAUP Coaching Model is unique in that all providers in the LAUP network are assigned three coaches: a Program Support Coach, a Fiscal Support Coach, and a Quality Support Coach. Each type of coach targets a specific area of support, but the work of all three coaches is to improve preschool providers' quality so that, in turn, the preschool staff can provide a quality preschool experience to the children they serve. This study's goal was to describe what all three types of coaching look like and how they are experienced by preschool providers. To reach this goal, we shadowed coaches during their visits with providers and conducted post-visit interviews with both the coaches and providers. We also conducted focus groups to learn more about the tools that Quality Support Coaches use in the field. Data was collected from September 2012 to February 2013. (author abstract)
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