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Students in Educational First Steps Assisted Centers Show Persistent Benefits Far Beyond Early Childhood According to University of Texas at Dallas Study
Date:2/7/2013

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) February 07, 2013

Since 1990, Educational First Steps (EFS) has been improving the quality and availability of early childhood education for at-risk students, helping create early learning centers of excellence for the children who need them the most. Since 2006, EFS has accomplished this through Four Steps to Excellence, a program which emphasizes a collaborative relationship with child care center teachers and directors. It is focused on mentoring, formal training, and enrichment, with the ultimate goal of accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) of the Association for Early Learning Leaders or the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC).

In late 2006, EFS initiated a collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on a long-term study on the impact of its program. The research team was led by Dr. Richard Scotch of the UTD School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS). Data collection and analysis was conducted by staff associated with the Texas Schools Project (TSP), a state-recognized education research center. The first phase of the study used actual test performance to find that students served by EFS-assisted centers experienced meaningful benefits in literacy, numeracy, Limited English Proficiency and grade retention rates.

The second phase of the study, published January 2013, confirmed those benefits at even higher levels, specifically among children
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