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HighScope Preschool

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A preschool program that builds cognitive skills and attitudes for school success by increasing opportunities for active learning. In the long term, it aims to prevent adolescent delinquency and school dropout among "high risk" children and improve their lives as adults.

Financing for preschool program improvements can come from a variety of sources. Public sector preschool funding from all levels of government should be explored. Fees paid by parents for preschool could also be used to enhance the programs offered by preschools. Foundation grant opportunities and fundraising can also be considered.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local education budgets that include preschool could be used to fund training in the HighScope Preschool Curriculum. In particular, line items for teacher training and curriculum purchase should be considered.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Preschool programs may be able to receive funding from the federal Department of Health and Human Services through Head Start and through the federal Department of Education through Title I or state preschool special education grants.

Discretionary Grants: Discretionary grants from the federal Department of Education should be evaluated as sources of funding for HighScope. Race to the Top funding is one example.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, especially those interested in the impact of preschool on future school performance, may be a source of funds to implement the HighScope Preschool Curriculum.

Generating New Revenue

Fundraising by a parent teacher organization and support from the business community should be considered for start-up costs for training and curriculum.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.