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Metis Researcher Speaks on Findings from NYC Universal Prekindergarten Study at July ACF Research Conference

Alyssa Byrne

Donna Tapper, Managing Senior Associate

On July 13, Managing Senior Associate Donna Tapper presented findings from the implementation evaluation of the NYC UPK program at the National Research Conference on Early Education sponsored by the HHS Administration for Children and Families, which took place in Washington, DC. Donna was part of a symposium entitled “Using Evaluation to Improve Early Childhood Education: Lessons from a Universal Pre-K Program.” In fall of 2014, under the leadership of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, there was a dramatic expansion in the number of full-day UPK seats, provided by a mix of district public schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations. Recognizing the importance of capturing lessons learned and program impact, the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity engaged the services of an external evaluation team. Westat presented an overview of the evaluation. Donna shared lessons learned from the implementation study conducted in 2014-15 related to expansion rollout, family engagement, and program supports. The other paper presented in the symposium was from the study of family perceptions of the program conducted by Branch Associates.