The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) has partnered with Purdue University to evaluate the success of the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. We are conducting a 4-year longitudinal study of the On My Way Pre-K program, with interim reports provided each year. Participation in the study is voluntary for children, families, and providers.
The children participating in On My Way Pre-K are among some of the most educationally needy students in the state. These children started off with lower skill levels than their peers. After participating in the On My Way Pre-K program, the children gained skills at a higher rate than their peers. Most of these differences were statistically significant.
These gains include key aspects of school readiness, such as:
- Language comprehension
- Early literacy
- Executive functioning
- Reduction in behavior problems in the classroom
The On My Way Pre-K pilot also impacts families in a positive way, by allowing parents or guardians to continue their employment or educational efforts.
The following are some of the benefits:
- 51% of parents or guardians were able to increase work or school hours.
- 35% were able to obtain new employment.
- 33% were able to begin school or job training.
The data shows that On My Way Pre-K has the potential to improve children’s early learning skills and readiness for kindergarten, while also improving the lives of low income families.