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Strong Beginnings Program

This 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. The research agenda includes: 1) Examining the impacts of attending two years vs. one year or no experience in public preschools; and 2) Collecting input from teachers and families on effective family engagement practices to create a family engagement implementation guide that reflects the needs and goals of teachers and caregivers for use as the program expands. 


Jamie Heng-Chieh Wu

Associate Director for Community Evaluation Programs, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship