CER is currently a leading evaluator of early childhood
programs. CER has overseen the evaluation of over 50
separate early childhood programs and assisted in the
state-wide evaluation of three major preschool
improvement programs in California. Additionally, CER has
served as the evaluator for twelve major preschool
improvement programs targeting Head Start and state
funded preschools – three of which have produced peer-
reviewed studies accepted through the American
Educational Research Association. Moreover, CER staff
regularly present on early childhood assessments, data
collection, qualitative methods, and approaches to
continuous improvements of homebase and centerbase
The International Child Development
Program Standards address the necessary
education, health, economic, social,
environmental, and spiritual needs of every
child. An accompanying evaluation
instrument assists programs to determine
areas of improvement.
CER has developed two important early childhood programs:
Quality Preschool Initiative
The Quality Preschool Initiative is a research-based preschool
improvement project. PSI was developed by CER staff after a decade
of research and field testing. PSI is a two-year program that
addresses the environmental, instructional, curricular, assessment,
and administrative components of preschool programs. PSI’s goal is
to implement proven strategies that will make measurable
improvements in teacher practice, classroom environment, and
children's cognitive and literacy skills. PSI strategies have been
implemented in over 70 classrooms consistently showing the same
level of success. PSI has demonstrated the highest level of children’s
outcomes ever demonstrated by any intervention program. CER
limits PSI implementation to ten preschool sites each year.
Children in the PSI program leave preschool on average able to
identify over 12 letter sounds.
Children in the PSI program demonstrate between 12 to 15
standard score gains respective to age-related norms on tests
of oral language.
The Coalition of International Child Development Programs
The Coalition of International Child Development Program is the
culmination of twenty years of research. The program consists of an
international set of standards for child development programs and
an accompanying instrument to help programs identify areas of
improvement. It has been used internationally by orphanages and
other child development programs.
CER has evaluated over 200 school-based programs. CER
staff have served in a variety of roles such as
superintendents, principals, teachers, and program
directors. CER staff have served in several accreditation and
school improvement initiatives. Dr. Matthew Russell and Dr.
Thomas Forbes have also served as graduate level faculty in
schools of education. This firsthand knowledge of how K-12
schools work is reflected in evaluations and research
studies that are useful and ultimately leads to positive
outcomes for students.
A major focus of CER’s work has been with low-performing,
at-risk student populations. CER is currently participating in
the state-wide evaluations of programs targeting English
language learners, migrant, and low-income families. CER
evaluation findings are being used by policy makers to re-
focus resources on making a difference for students,
schools, and districts.
Reading and Language Arts: CER helps
schools improve their reading and language
arts program by providing evidence-based
CER is evaluating both local and state
programs targeting English learners and
migrant students. CER has bilingual staff.
CER has a twenty year history working with its university
partners on a variety of research and evaluation programs.
Several of these programs have employed rigorous
methodologies to measure and improve technology, math,
science, and teacher preparation programs. One national
program evaluated by CER involved teacher preparation
programs located in every region of the country. CER’s
evaluation reports are regularly used by institutions to make
important curricular and policy level changes.
CER has worked with many universities including
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