Project

Early Education and Out-of-School Time Capital Grant Program Evaluation

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Children’s Investment Fund of Massachusetts

Quality education has a big impact on children’s lives.

The Early Education and Out-of-School Time Capital Grant Program recognizes that all children, regardless of family income or circumstances, should be educated in environments that support healthy development and learning. This evaluation examines the implementation and results of a program to improve the quality of physical space and facilities in early care and education and out-of-school time programs in Massachusetts. The program was established through a capital fund stemming from a state bond bill.

JBA’s approach builds on a preliminary study and uses mixed methods, including document reviews, interviews, and structured observations. The evaluation tracks changes in educational facilities and the experiences of teachers, staff, and families.

Key outcome areas include—

  • Quality of facility and classroom learning environment
  • Teacher-child interactions
  • Educator and staff well-being and effectiveness
  • Child health
  • Parent satisfaction and engagement
  • Organizational stability and capacity
  • Unintended consequences of completing facility projects
  • Impact of not receiving grant funding

Staff

  • Allison Meisch, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with more than 16 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied...

  • Nivedita Ranade, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    ​Nivedita Ranade has more than 9 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. She brings to...

  • Erin Morehouse, M.P.H. Research Associate

    ​Erin Morehouse has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation, data reporting and dashboard development, technical assistance and training, data...

about the project

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Client

Children’s Investment Fund of Massachusetts