2007: School Readiness

“Ready or Not? Preschool Outcomes in Middletown, Connecticut” (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)

for Middletown School Readiness Council

by Margarette Arias, Fiona Lundy, Lauren Sonnabend, and Jennifer Timm


A research team of four Wesleyan University students collaborated with the Middletown School Readiness Council (MSRC), a state-funded organization based in Middletown, Connecticut, to evaluate the effectiveness of the city’s twenty preschool programs in preparing their students for kindergarten.  The report addresses which schools led to what particular student outcomes and, to a lesser extent, why discrepancies might exist.  Understanding the relationship between child outcomes, school performance, and the reasons behind these results will allow for future program improvement where needed by providing appropriate resources and support.