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Illinois Education Research Council

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) sought to evaluate the implementation of the Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) grant. The grantees consisted of partnerships that included community colleges, four-year institutions, and in some cases community-based entities or schools, such as Head Start programs. The four-year institution in the partnership was required to be the fiscal agent for the grant and had to be accredited with a currently approved early childhood educator preparation program. These grants were competitive and the proposals required that the potential grantees demonstrate the extent to which their grant-related activities furthered the work of the Illinois Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. The main goals of this study were to: (1) examine how the grant recipients were implementing the changes set forth in their grant proposals; (2) identify initial barriers to implementation of grant activities; (3) identify catalysts that aided in goal attainment and/or partnership development; and (4) consider the sustainability of the impact of the grant-related activities. Through structured telephone interviews, the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) solicited a brief description of major activities associated with the grant; catalysts and/or levers enhancing grant activities; barriers inhibiting implementation of grant activities; and successful strategies utilized to overcome barriers. [For the full report, see ED560508.]

Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Grants, Preschool Teachers, Educational Innovation, Teacher Education Programs, Barriers, Partnerships in Education, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Interviews, Institutional Characteristics, Articulation (Education), Academic Advising, Organizational Change, Student Characteristics, Educational Cooperation, Technology Uses in Education, Enrollment, Systems Approach, Program Administration

Illinois Education Research Council. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Campus Box 1064, Edwardsville, IL 62026. Tel: 866-799-4372; Tel: 618-650-2840; Fax: 618-650-2425; e-mail: ierc[at]; Web site:

Author: Lichtenberger, Eric J.; Klostermann, Brenda K.; Duffy, Daniel Q.


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