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Making Pre-K Count: Kindergarten Expansion – Supplement 2

Primary Investigator(s): Robin Jacob

Funding Agency: MDRC

Period: 6/1/2012 - 7/1/2015

The Robin Hood Foundation and MDRC have partnered to establish the Robin Hood Early Childhood Initiative, with the goal of identifying, implementing, and rigorously evaluating promising solutions that can dramatically improve the life trajectories of low-income preschoolers in New York City, particularly with respect to long-term academic success, reduced criminal activity, and increased adult earnings. The first initiative was designed to reduce poverty by narrowing the persistent achievement gap between low-income children and their higher-income peers through a curriculum-based intervention. The first initiative was focused on enhancing math instruction as a key component of a preschool intervention model.

The project will now build on Making Pre-K Count (MPC), the first project of the Robin Hood Early Childhood Initiative, by following up with a kindergarten enhancement of Math Clubs in which tutors provide small-group instruction to four children at a time.