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Performance Measure ED21

Note: Information on this page is subject to change. Applicants should always refer to the performance measure instructions published with the NOFO. Grantees should refer to the performance measure instructions for the grant year in which they were funded.
 
Number of children that completed participation in CNCS-supported early childhood education programs.
Goal 1: Education: School Readiness
 

Definition of Key Terms

Children: Children up through the age of kindergarten enrollment who are enrolled in early childhood education programs with a majority of economically disadvantaged children and/or a majority of children with special or exceptional needs. For Senior Corps FGP and RSVP ONLY: Children up through the age of kindergarten enrollment who are enrolled in early childhood education programs and who are economically disadvantaged children and/or have special or exceptional needs. .
 
Economically disadvantaged: Eligible for free (at or below 130% of poverty) or reduced (between 130% to 185% of poverty) lunch; may or may not actually be accessing free/reduced lunch. See the National School Lunch program website.
 
Special or exceptional needs: Children who are developmentally disabled, such as those who are autistic, have cerebral palsy or epilepsy, are visually impaired, speech impaired, hearing impaired, orthopedically impaired, are emotionally disturbed or have a language disorder, specific learning disability, have multiple disabilities, other significant health impairment or have literacy needs. Children who are abused or neglected; in need of foster care; adjudicated youth; homeless youth; teenage parents; and children in need of protective intervention in their homes.
 
Completed participation: At the outset of the activity, the program should indicate how much time (i.e. how many days or hours) is required in order to complete the activity. Then they will only count the number of students who meet that threshold by the end of the program or activity. This number will be used as the denominator for selected measures and therefore the amount of participation should be enough to influence the results.
 
Early childhood education program: A program in which CNCS-supported activities help pre-K students maintain enrollment in and succeed in early childhood education programs. The "help" that grantees provide does not need to be in direct service to the students. However, the CNCS-supported activities must provide direct support that makes the program possible.
 

How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data

Count of students who complete participation in the activity as indicated by above definition.
 
Grantees must demonstrate that the sites/programs they will engage already have a participant population in which the largest percentage of children in the program come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or have special or exceptional needs, or explain an outreach strategy to increase the proportions of economically disadvantaged children and/or children with special or exceptional needs in the program. For Senior Corps FGP and RSVP ONLY: Grantees must demonstrate that the children in the program come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or have special or exceptional needs, or explain an outreach strategy to increase the proportions of economically disadvantaged children and/or children with special or exceptional needs in the program.
 

Notes

Applicants and grantees are encouraged to also track the number of children that enroll in early childhood education programs. Tracking your program's retention and attrition rates is a good performance management practice. For AmeriCorps State & National ONLY: The optional enrollment measure (ED20), combined with this measure, will indicate how many children drop out/are retained by these programs.
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