University at Albany

Chemung County School Readiness Project

CHSR conducted an evaluation of the Chemung County School Readiness Project (SRP), a grass-roots community collaborative aimed at improving children’s overall well-being and readiness for school.

Since 2006, the SRP has provided comprehensive services to Chemung County’s children from birth to 5 years old. The primary mission of the SRP is to enable children to enter kindergarten academically, socially, and physically ready to learn. Activities associated with the Chemung County SRP fall into five categories: nurse home visits, quality child care, parent education, health care, and community coordination and communication.

Evaluation & Research

The SRP completed 5 years of operation in 2011. Working with the project steering committee and council, CHSR conducted an evaluation that measures overall system effectiveness and explored differential impacts of specific services on specific populations of children and families. Data analyses focused on comparing the 2007-08 (baseline) and 2011-12 (post intervention) kindergarten classes on comprehensive measures of school readiness. Measures were collected during the school registration process and included the following:

  • Teacher Child Ratings System (TCRS)
  • Child Observation Record (COR)
  • Parent Assessment of Child Experiences (PACE)

Available parent and provider survey data was also analyzed to explore multiple dimensions of system efficacy. To measure the impact of early childhood services offered through the Chemung County SRP, data collection and analysis protocols were as consistent as possible across time.

Contact: Rose Greene