The Mary Amelia Women’s Center was recently selected to be the local evaluation partner for Educare New Orleans. Educare New Orleans, the 19th school opened in the Educare Learning Network , is part of a broad community redevelopment effort led by the Bayou District Foundation. Educare New Orleans is the first early childhood development and education facility of its kind in the Gulf South. Educare is a national network of early learning schools which share a platform to leverage strong and lasting investments in early childhood education for low income families.
The Educare Learning Network Implementation Study is designed to document the features of Educare and how implementation of the model contributes to program quality and links to child and family outcomes. The evaluation is led by a national evaluator at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. Local evaluators and program directors from each Educare site are partners in decision-making about the evaluation design. Local evaluators collect data at their site, using well-known assessments, observations, and interview items, and FPG processes and summarizes data across sites and ensures that high standards for training and reliability of data collection are maintained.
The Mary Amelia Women’s Center is excited to work with Educare New Orleans locally and to be linked to this network of partners. We look forward to sharing resources and knowledge to support implementation of the Educare model and to enable continuous program improvement.