Research Reports

Overview

Child360’s Research & Evaluation department was created when the organization (then known as LAUP) was founded in 2004. The R&E department was charged with developing internal checks to monitor the nonprofit’s functioning, tracking progress toward goals, analyzing data on the effectiveness of the system, and reporting to the public on its progress.

Today, R&E continues to support other Child360 departments by collecting data on existing initiatives, helping to develop new programs, and providing recommendations for future practice. Research & Evaluation, like the rest of the organization, is invested in advancing both practice and policy. Researchers have presented Child360’s work at national conferences and have built organizational partnerships to achieve long-term goals for early education. Dr. Rosa Valdés has been the Director of this team since January of 2012.

• Brief: Summary of Findings on LAUP Outcomes 2005-2016
• Factsheet: LAUP System 2012-13
• Factsheet: LAUP System  2013-14
• Factsheet: LAUP System 2014-15
• Factsheet: LAUP System 2015-16
• Child360 System Factsheet, FY 2016-17
• Child360 System Factsheet, FY 2017-18


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 

 We really see the difference of giving children the opportunity to experience a quality preschool education when we track their progress. It is simply one of the smartest investments we can make.
GARY TOEBBEN – PRESIDENT AND CEO LOS ANGELES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Child Development & School Readiness

High-quality preschool settings that feel safe and comfortable to children help them build important social, emotional, and academic knowledge. Children who attend a quality preschool enter Kindergarten with better reading, math, and language skills, compared to children who do not attend preschool.

The studies conducted by Child360’s Research & Evaluation team demonstrate that children who attend quality early learning programs are well prepared to enter Kindergarten, and go on to succeed in elementary school and beyond.

Academic and Social Outcomes for LAUP’s Inaugural Cohort
• Brief

Effects of High Quality Preschool on Early Literacy and Mathematics Skills – A Regression-Discontinuity Approach
• Full Report

Health and Wellness Project: Obesity Prevention in Preschool
• Brief: Summary of Findings
• Full Report

Longitudinal Outcomes of LAUP Alumni
• Brief: Summary of Findings

The Positive Effect of Early Education
• Brief

Preschool Attendance in Supervisorial District 2 of Los Angeles County
• Full Report

Preschool to Kindergarten Connections
• Brief
• Full Report: Pilot Study

RENEW Los Angeles County Evaluation
• Brief: Summary of Findings, FY 2011-12
• Full Report

The Successful Kids in Pre-K Project (SKIPP Study)
• Brief: Summary of Findings
• Full Report: Phase II
• Full Report: Phase III


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 

 Thanks to LAUP, Sasha was well prepared to excel in school when she began kindergarten. Sasha is now in the 4th grade, enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Program (GATE), has straight A’s and is thriving. Thank you LAUP for giving my daughter a head start in school… and in life. JUANITA PADILLA – FORMER LAUP PARENT

Curricular Approaches

The early learning industry is always evolving. Research and Evaluation conducts studies on new curricular approaches or technologies to assess their feasibility in a preschool classroom setting. Currently, pilot testing is underway for a framework that will help teachers implement STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) principles in their classrooms.

•  STEAM Framework Feasibility Study


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 My son learned so much over this past year. Colors, shapes, numbers, how to work well with other children. The teachers are great, happy and upbeat, always a smile. I would highly recommend LAUP.
VIVIAN DURON – PARENT

Coaching

Coaching is an essential component to implementing quality in early learning. Child360 works with early childhood educators and administrators one-on-one to ensure they are producing higher-quality environments and practices that lead to better outcomes for children. Coaches provide resources, offer advice and work together with educators to establish and achieve the goals for their program.

Child360’s Research and Evaluation Department analyzes ECE coaching data to generate reports on outcomes and recommend best practices.

Coaching Practices and Quality Outcomes Evaluation Report, 2014-15
• Full Report

The Effectiveness of the LAUP Coaching Model
• Brief: Summary of Findings
• Full Report

Evaluation of LAUP’s Coordinated Quality Improvement Support Services Approach: A Case Study Method, FY 2016-17

• Brief

Improving the Quality of Preschools with Coaching
• Brief: Summary of Findings

Online Coaching Feasibility Study
• Full Report

Evaluation of Child360’s Coaching Model, FY 2017-18
• Full Report

Pilot Study of STEAM-Enhanced Coaching, FY 2017-18
• Full Report


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 Before LAUP, something was missing. With the help of our coach, teachers were able to understand better how to make changes to provide a positive, caring, safe and secure environment to fulfill the children’s needs and provide a better quality care.
VERONICA SOLORIO – SITE SUPERVISOR OF THE YWCA GREATER LOS ANGELES INFANT LEARNING CENTER

Family & Community Engagement

Engaging both families and communities is an important factor to building a high-quality early learning environment. Studies show that when parents are involved in a child’s education, attendance and student achievement both improve. In return, the child sees that their education is valued within their family, and their community.

The Family Engagement Team at Child360 helps places of early learning improve their engagement practices, which ensures that both children and their families are on the path to well-being and readiness. Research & Evaluation works with families to determine their needs, assess outcomes, and provide research-based program recommendations.

Evaluation of LAUP’s Coordinated Quality Improvement Support Services Approach: A Case Study Method, FY 2016-17

• Brief

Evaluation of LAUP’s New Family Engagement Model: A Strengthening Families Framework, FY 2015-16
• Brief
• Full Report

Health and Wellness Project: Obesity Prevention in Preschool
• Brief: Summary of Findings
• Full Report

LAUP Parent Engagement Programs 2014
• Brief

LAUP Parent Experiences
• Brief

RENEW Los Angeles County Evaluation, FY 2011-12
• Brief: Summary of Findings
• Full Report

Pilot Implementation of Storypark to Support Family Engagement
• Full Report

 


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 Nothing stops a bullet like a job; nothing gets a job like a good education; nothing is as important to early education as an involved and engaged parent.
FATHER GREG BOYLE – FOUNDER, HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES

Program Leadership

Child360 equips program leaders with new and innovative strategies to achieve their program goals and develop teams of excellence. A director’s leadership is vital to driving both the quality of staff development and child education.

The Research & Evaluation department analyzes our work with directors, reports on learning center outcomes, and provides feedback to improve the program’s design and approach.

Directors Implement and Reflect on a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
• Brief

Evaluation of the Director Institute, 2015
• Brief

Evaluation of LAUP’s Coordinated Quality Improvement Support Services Approach: A Case Study Method, FY 2016-17
• Brief

Program Leadership Development Model: Year 2 Evaluation, 2016-17
• Full Report

 


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is breaking new ground in early childhood education by working with preschool centers and family childcare providers to ensure that high quality voluntary preschool is available to every four year old in Los Angeles County, regardless of their family’s income.
EDITOR – FAMILY MAGAZINE

Program Quality Assessment

The quality of each early learning classroom is monitored on an ongoing basis by trained Child360 assessors. Using the CLASS and ERS tools, Child360 assessors perform yearly evaluations, which are consistent across programs and are used by teachers and program coaches as a basis for goal-setting and growth.

Research & Evaluation uses the results of these evaluations to track, predict, and support the performance of quality early learning programs.

Directors Implement and Reflect on a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
• Brief

Definition of a Quality Preschool Experience
• White Paper

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge
• Evaluation of LAUP’s Implementation of Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge
• 2012-13 Factsheet
• 2013-14 Factsheet
• 2014-15 Factsheet
• 2015-16 Factsheet


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 Quality preschool means taking a comprehensive approach to laying a strong foundation for children’s success in school and life.
MOLLY TAFOY – DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS EARLY EDGE CALIFORNIA

Workforce Development

Child360 supports the professional growth and development of early learning educators, and provides resources and incentives for those interested in a career within the early learning industry. Child360 created proprietary workshops to attract, develop and support a skilled and diverse early learning workforce, including our “Teacher Institute”, the Child Development Workforce Initiative, and more. Through these offerings, Child360 seeks to attract, develop, and support a skilled and diverse ECE workforce in Los Angeles.

The Research & Evaluation department evaluates data from these workforce programs, including participant feedback and perceived outcomes. This research enables us to quantify the beneficial impacts of these initiatives and identify unmet needs for future programs.

ASPIRE Evaluation
• Brief 2012-13
• Factsheet 2012-13
• Report 2012-13
• Factsheet 2013-14
• Report 2013-14
• Factsheet 2014-15
• Brief 2015-16
• Factsheet 2015-16
• Report 2015-16

Child Development Workforce Initiative 
• Brief 2012-13
• Factsheet 2012-13
• Report 2012-13
• Factsheet 2013-14
• Report 2013-14
• Report, Program-Level Summary 2014-15
• Report 2014-15
• Report, Program-Level Summary 2015-16
• Report 2015-16
• Addressing Non-Traditional College Student Population Needs through the Child Development Workforce Initiative

Evaluation of LAUP’s Coordinated Quality Improvement Support Services Approach: A Case Study Method, FY 2016-17
• Brief

Exceptional Populations Certification
• Brief 2017

Los Angeles County Early Care and Education Workforce Consortium
• Report 2012-13
• Report 2013-14
• Report 2014-15
• Report 2015-16

Stability of Teaching Staff in LAUP Programs
• Report

Teacher Institute Evaluation 
• Brief 2009-10 to 2012-13
• Brief 2013-14


To learn more, contact ResearchMail@child360.org.


 The tremendous work LAUP is doing to develop a workforce for today is critical to the success of America’s future workforce.
MARCELA BAILEY – CHAIR, LAUP CORPORATE COUNCIL