Program

Jun 25, 2013

OVERVIEW

The Ready, Set, Leap! Program is a comprehensive one-year
preschool curriculum. It includes instruction in academic, music, visual arts,
and social/emotional development skills to the end of enhancing early reading
skills. The program utilizes children’s books grouped thematically and uses
interactive electronic technology which allows for multisensory strategies to
be implemented. There are activities planned throughout the day primarily
targets oral language, phonological knowledge, and print knowledge. Several
evaluations of the Ready, Set, Leap program have been conducted and have shown
mixed results. While one study found that Ready, Set, Leap! was
effective in increasing participants early literacy skills, another study found
that the program did not provide gains above and beyond an existing preschool
curriculum.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM

Target population: preschool children

The Ready, Set, Leap! Program is a comprehensive one-year
preschool curriculum. It includes instruction in academic, music, visual arts,
and social/emotional development skills to the end of enhancing early reading
skills. The program utilizes children’s books grouped thematically and uses
interactive electronic technology to engage children in developing early
reading skills. There are activities planned throughout the day primarily
targets oral language, phonological knowledge, and print knowledge.

EVALUATION(S) OF PROGRAM

Layzer, J. I., Layzer, C. J., Goodson, B.
D., & Price, C. (2007).
Evaluation of child care
subsidy strategies: Findings from Project Upgrade in Miami-Dade County.
U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Administration for
Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Washington, DC.

Evaluated population: 1600 four year-old
children living in Miami-Dade
County. 75% of
children were eligible for free or reduced price lunches.

Approach: 162 child care centers from Miami-Dade
County Florida were randomly assigned to one of three different programs
(Ready, Set, Leap!; Building Early Language and
Literacy (B.E.L.L.); Breakthrough To Literacy (BTL)) or a control group which
received normal services provided at the child care center. After random
assignment was conducted at the child care center level, 1 classroom in each
center was selected for the study. Classrooms consisted of four year-old
children and all children in a selected classroom took part in the study.
All classrooms, intervention and control, received a package of literacy
materials and $500 each year to reduce teacher turnover during the study.
Baseline measures of classroom environment, classroom activities, child
language development, and child literacy development which consisted of
phonological awareness, print knowledge, and definitional vocabulary.
Data were collected again after six months of the intervention implementation
and after 18 months of implementation. Two cohorts of children were
evaluated based on the same design.

Results: After six months of program implementation,
teachers in the treatment groups were more likely to engage children in oral
language development, phonological awareness, learning about print, activities
to encourage children to read and use print. The intervention did not
have any impact on the resources that classrooms had available to
children. Children in the Ready, Set, Leap! Intervention condition had
higher scores on measures of definitional vocabulary, phonological awareness,
print knowledge, and early literacy than children in the control
condition.

RMC Research Corporation. (2003). Ready, Set, Leap!
Program: Newark
Prekindergarten Study 2002-2003
. Emeryville,
CA: LeapFrog
SchoolHouse.

Evaluated population: 17 high-poverty inner-city
elementary schools in Newark,
NJ. The sample included 34
classrooms but 7 classrooms were excluded because students did not meet
eligibility criteria for the evaluation. In total, 254 students
participated in the study with an average age of 4.5 years.

Approach: The schools were randomly assigned to
either be experimental schools (8 schools) or control schools (7 schools). In
each school, 1 to 4 classrooms participated in the study. In total, there were
129 participants in the experimental group and 125 participants in the control
group. Participants were pre- and post-tested with measures from the DIBELS
test of early literacy skills (the Initial Sound Fluency subtest and the Letter
Naming Fluency Subtest), the Woodcock-Johnson III (Letter-word identification
subset, passage comprehension subtest, sound awareness-rhyming subtest), the
Comparative Test of Phonological Processing (Blending words subtest), and the
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test III. In addition, teachers were observed for
phonology knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonics, and print awareness. In
addition, teachers were monitored for adherence to the Ready, Set, Leap! Program.

Participants in the Ready, Set, Leap! Program received one
academic year of Ready, Set, Leap! Program integrated in the High Scope
framework whereas participants in the control group received only the High
Scope framework.

Results: At post-test, participants in the
experimental group did not significantly differ from control participants on
all measures. However, when the researchers controlled for implementation, they
found that students in the Ready, Set, Leap! Program scored significantly
higher than control participants on early literacy skill development.

SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

References

Abt. Associates (2007). Ready,
Set, Leap!

Program curriculum available for purchase at: http://www.leapfrogschoolhouse.com/do/home

Program costs begin at $1,995; the program is available in English
and Spanish.

KEYWORDS: Children, Preschool, Co-ed, Child Care, School-Based, Reading/Literacy, Other Social/Emotional Health, Cost Information is Available, Manual is Available

 

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