The Seattle Preschool Program is currently undergoing a four-year evaluation intended to provide an assessment of the program's quality and its impact on children over time. The 2016-17 school year study, conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the University of Washington, observed 32 Seattle Preschool Program classrooms and 7 non-Seattle Preschool Program comparison classrooms. As the Seattle Preschool Program is still in the formative stages of program development, these findings should be interpreted with caution because research indicates that the impact of a preschool program cannot be reliably evaluated until it is fully implemented. The demonstration phase of the Seattle Preschool Program (2015-2019) has three purposes: (1) to demonstrate the viability of the program design; (2) to demonstrate that the design produces positive outcomes for Seattle children by improving preschool quality; and (3) to engage in continuous quality improvement through evaluation. Key findings are summarized below. (author abstract)
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