Evaluates Knight's early childhood grantmaking in twelve communities, with a focus on grants that transform systems and build networks at a scale sufficient to create meaningful change. Presents grantee results and lessons learned.
- Observation: The most successful programs were those that were either replications of model programs, or those that employed strategies that had been part of a successful program in other locations.
- Observation: Measuring the quality of services using the newest standardized measures is essential for maintaining program quality.
- Observation: Program intensity and duration must match the needs of the children and families being served.
- Observation: A successful program comes not only from enrolling those that will benefit from the program but also retaining them.
- Observation: Response to the increasing diversity of the child population is essential.
- Observation: Public-private partnerships increase the likelihood of program sustainability.