Early Learning Curriculum
Transforming Pre-K Education
Students who have not learned to read by the time they enter the fourth grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school, and this risk is even greater for low-income children.
We aim to address this significant challenge by supporting children before they start kindergarten through our Blueprint for Early Literacy curriculum.
Blueprint combines literacy-based materials and curricula with professional development for Pre-K teachers through workshops on best preactices for early literacy instruction, and individual coaching for educators
Research for Action (RFA), a Philadelphia-based non-profit research organization is conducting an independent, 3-year evaluation of Blueprint, to analyze the quality of implementation and impact on teachers and student outcomes.
In this rigorous study, RFA is assessing Blueprint's implementation in Philadelphia Pre-K centers. They also assessed the professional development we provide through training workshops and one-on-one coaching.
The year 2 results have found Blueprint has a substantial impact on Pre-k students and teachers.
Significant & Substantial
Student Literacy Skills
Children in Blueprint classrooms outpaced their peers in literacy skill development.
- Children in CLI-served classrooms made 2-3 months of additional progress in vocabulary development compared to children in similar classrooms not supported by CLI.
- Nearly all (96%) of surveyed Blueprint teachers reported their students had made “quite a bit” or “a great deal of progress” in language and literacy activities since Fall 2017, and attributed student progress to supports from CLI.
Figure 1: Receptive vocabulary among students in Blueprint and comparison classrooms.
Figure 2: Percent of lead teachers in Blueprint and comparison centers reporting strong knowledge and ability to implement effective best practices
Blueprint teachers reported stronger ability to implement best practices, relative to teachers in comparison centers. Data suggests:
- Nearly all (85%) of Blueprint teachers reported high levels of knowledge about effective practices, compared to 73% of teachers in comparison centers.
- Nearly all (96%) of Blueprint teachers reported feeling able to implement best practices, compared to 73% of teachers in comparison centers, a statistically significant difference.
Pre-K teachers share how Blueprint enables them to implement best practices.
Children in Blueprint classrooms showed increases in engagement from Fall to Spring in language and literacy activities, compared to children in comparison classrooms.
- Most Blueprint teachers (89%) and comparison teachers (82%) reported high levels of student engagement in language and literacy activities.
Figure 3: Percent of lead teachers in Blueprint and comparison centers reporting levels and growth in student engagement from Fall to Spring
Figure 4: Percent of lead teachers in Blueprint and comparison centers that report satisfaction with their job
Teacher Job Satisfaction
Relative to teachers in comparison centers, fewer Blueprint teachers reported feeling under great stress at work, and more reported feeling very satisfied with their job. Data suggests:
- Blueprint lead teachers reported feeling “very satisfied” with their job, while just over a third of comparison lead teachers reported the same. This difference, however, is not statistically significant.
- Survey results suggest that Blueprint positively impacts teacher work environments, reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction.