Whitney Foundation Longitudinal Study
Holy Cross Ministries received funding from the Whitney Foundation from 2016 - 2017 to conduct a longitudinal study of the pre-school graduates of Holy Cross Ministries' School Readiness Program. The project, which Holy Cross conducted in partnership with The University of Utah's Department of Family and Consumer Studies, and research specialist Mark Innocenti, incorporated both quantitative and qualitative data on children in Park City and the impact of HCM's programs on their current academic success.
Holy Cross Ministries facilitated 123 semi structured interviews with parents of 133 low-income, Hispanic children. The study included an analysis of 112 records of academic data for these students. The participants were separated into three different cohorts:
- Cohort 1: Children who participated in HCM's School Readiness Program between 2010 and 2013
- Cohort 2: Children who participated in other other preschool programs between 2010 and 2013
- Cohort 3: Children who did not participate in any preschool programs between 2010 and 2013
Click HERE to view the Whitney Foundation Longitudinal Study infographic.
Research Questions and Findings
Help Support Our Students
Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed academically. We believe that cost should not be a barrier for children to start school ready to learn. Please help support our program so we can continue offering scholarships to low-income families.
Continue providing the School Readiness Program.
HCM will continue providing the School Readiness Program to support long-term academic achievements of minority 3-year-old students.
Improve classroom language immersion.
HCM aims to make changes in support of additional language immersion and English learning opportunities for students in the School Readiness Program.
Expand the Parents as Teachers home-visiting component.
HCM aims to increase the number of parents served by expanding the number of staff providing evidence-based home-visiting services for parents with 0-5 year olds.
Develop an avenue to support parental involvement.
HCM aims to develop an effective and evidence-based parenting strategies toolkit and model for future implementation with parents of elementary-aged students.