About Us

The Community Evaluation Programs group conducts research and evaluation projects focusing on the quality, accessibility and impacts of out-of-school time and preschool education across the state of Michigan. We have years of experience working with communities to produce engaged scholarship and to promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all.

Initiatives and Projects

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  • Michigan 21st Century Community
    Learning Centers

    The Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are federally funded out-of-school time programs for high-poverty, low-performing schools administered by state departments of education.

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  • Great Start
    Readiness Program

    Mchigan's Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that place them at risk for educational failure. The program provides high-quality academic and social-emotional experiences that prepare Michigan children for kindergarten.

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  • Childcare
    Mapping Project

    Childcare Mapping Project is a state-funded program that intends to develop new data infrastructure that policymakers and program leaders can use to help ensure that families across the state of Michigan have equitable access to high-quality childcare services.

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  • Strong Beginnings Program

    Our evaluation project examines the implementation, quality, and impacts of 12 publicly funded preschool classrooms for 3-year-old children. Classrooms are currently located in four Michigan counties and managed by Berrien, Heritage Southwest, Northwest Education, and Wayne Intermediate School Districts. Our research agenda includes: (a) examining the impacts of attending two years vs. one-year or no experience in public preschools; (b) collecting input from teachers and families on effective family engagement practices to create a family engagement implementation guide for use as the program expands. The guide will reflect the needs and goals of teachers and caregivers—because our research design involved them from the beginning.

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