Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Project Upgrade was a two-year experimental test of the effectiveness of three different language and literacy interventions implemented in child care centers in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that served children from low-income families. An evaluation of Project Upgrade, carried out by Abt Associates, was one of four experiments conducted as part of the Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies, a study to determine whether and how different child care subsidy policies and quality improvement efforts affect outcomes for parents, children, and child care providers.
This evaluation randomly assigned more than 150 child care centers to one of three-research based curricula or to a control group that continued its existing program. The research, funded by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found significant impacts on core areas of emergent literacy for two of the three interventions studied. Read the report here and a follow-up here.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.