OutcomesFirst Chance for Children takes pride in its history of positive outcomes.
Our Safe CRIBS program provides safe cribs for low-income families who lack safe sleeping accommodations for their baby. The Children's Trust Fund considers our Safe CRIBS program to be a model for replication and has funded us to extend the program to Howard and Cooper counties. Click here for more information.
Foundations for Learning: Improving Social and Emotional Skills
In 2005, First Chance for Children was one of only four agencies in the country to be awarded a Foundations for Learning grant by the U.S. Department of Education. From 2005 to 2007, First Chance for Children implemented an innovative, but previously untested, approach for improving the social, emotional, and behavioral skills of at-risk preschoolers. We taught teachers at six partner preschools how to use the strengths-based DECA approach developed by the Devereaux Institute. That curriculum is designed to help at-risk children develop the coping skills that will enable them to thrive in their environments and succeed in school. A team of independent evaluators found that the children made significant gains on every emotional and behavioral attribute tested, including a significant reduction in the number of incidents of problem behavior. Results of interviews with parents and teachers were also very positive. Click here for more information.
Early Reading First
In October 2006, First Chance for Children was one of 32 agencies in the United States to be awarded an Early Reading First grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The $2.7 million, three-year grant called RURAL Excellence partnered First Chance with five rural preschool centers. The goal was to develop preschool centers of excellence that prepared children for success in kindergarten and beyond, especially in the development of language, cognitive, and early literacy skills.
After the three year program was completed, children in our preschool classrooms, compared to their comparison group peers, showed significantly greater gains in early literacy skills, including enhanced receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, and phonological awareness.
Furthermore, analysis of follow-up data from the three years by independent examiners indicated that the size of the positive effects was unexpectedly large. For several pre-literacy skills, the effect size was more than half a standard deviation. These results placed our RURAL Excellence program among the most successful Early Reading First grant programs in the country.