HighScope Educational Approach for Preschool

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Program description

HighScope Educational Approach for Preschool provides organizational and teaching practices approaches to SEL. It includes programming for PreK and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at the PreK level. Translated materials for HighScope are available in Spanish and French.

      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Group structures
      • Student supports
      • School Involvement
      • Individualized Communication
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation conducted in the 2017-2018 school year (report written in 2019) supported the effectiveness of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum program for preschool children. This evaluation included 302 prekindergarten classroom teachers teaching in public elementary school, community-based, and Head Start settings in the US Southeast (student demographics: white = 52%; Black = 37%; 82% resided in households below the poverty threshold). This evaluation found that classrooms participating in the HighScope program demonstrated significant improvements in observer-reported classroom climate and teaching practices compared to control classrooms (outcomes reported 1 year after baseline).
Results from a longitudinal randomized controlled trial (RCT) beginning in 1962 demonstrated the lasting impact of HighScope Preschool Curriculum on preschool students who were at academic risk (Farnsworth et al., 1985; Schweinhart & Weikart, 1981). These evaluations followed prekindergarten students enrolled in preschool settings in the US Midwest (Black =100%; 50% eligible for SNAP/TANF benefits) into adolescence. This evaluation found that students participating in the program demonstrated significantly better achievement, self-reported academic behaviors, as well as engaged in fewer delinquent behaviors at age 15 compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported 11 years after baseline).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • Southeast
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Percentage resided in households below poverty threshold: 82%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • No
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • No
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does HighScope Educational Approach for Preschool support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“The HighScope approach is used in early childhood education programs across the US and countries around the world. Family engagement is central to HighScope's approach and helps extend children's learning beyond the classroom. Because of this adaptability, the HighScope approach also has the potential to foster racially equitable learning environments.”

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