The Educare Learning Network (ELN) is a consortium of programs implementing the core features of the Educare early education model.
The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (FPG) is the National Evaluation Partner (NEP) for the ELN. FPG is leading two studies involving the Educare Model - the Educare National Evaluation and the Educare Follow-up Study - and supports additional evaluations led by Network partners.
The Educare National Evaluation is designed to document the features of Educare and how implementation of the model contributes to program quality and links to child and family outcomes. The results of the National Evaluation allow the Educare Learning Network to describe and better understand the progress children and families are making in Educare programs, considering unique local features and elements of the larger community context. The Educare National Evaluation is funded by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Educare Follow-up Study follows Educare graduates as they enter kindergarten and progress through the early elementary years. The Educare Follow-up Study was funded by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.