The Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota received a five year (2012-2016) $15M federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. The project will enroll nearly 2,500 four year olds from low-income families in high quality preK programs at 30 sites across Minnesota and Illinois and follow them through their 3rd grade year. The goal of the project is to expand the highly effective Child-Parent Center model developed in Chicago to discover which of the following six key program elements are essential for implementing the program more widely in a range of settings:
- Collaborative leadership team: A leadership team is run by the Head Teacher in collaboration with the Principal.
- Effective learning experiences, PreK – 3rd grade: Ensure mastery in language and literacy, math, science, and social-emotional development throughout early childhood.
- Aligned curriculum: Organize a sequence of evidence-based curricula and instructional practices that address multiple domains of child development within a balanced, activity based approach.
- Parent involvement and engagement: Comprehensive services are led by the Parent Resource Teachers and School-Community Representatives including multifaceted activities and opportunities to engage families.
- Professional development system: Online professional development and on-site follow-up support is integrated for classroom and program applications.
- Continuity and stability: Pre-Kindergarten to school-age continuity, through co-located or close-by centers, incorporates comprehensive service delivery and stability for children and families.
HCRC continues to expand the CPC model based on lessons learned during i3 implementation. In the fall of 2015, three additional sites began implementing the updated CPC-P3 model including Rochester, MN, Madison, WI, and Normal, IL.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation fund, Midwest CPC Expansion (CPC Expansion) was one of over 600 applications submitted and 23 grants awarded by the Department for implementation beginning fall 2012. Learn more about the federal i3 Fund at the Investing in Innovation Fund’s website.