Rob Fischer on the Limitation of Local Preschool Studies

“Nobody said no way,” says Dr. Robert Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, to the Plain Dealer in “Local preschool studies are limited: Will suburban schools share student data to learn more?” on February 1, 2016. “Nobody has said we won’t do that. It has always been that we need more time to look at it,” he said when asked about data collection.

The ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data system (CHILD), already combines county records for birth certificates, publicly-subsidized child care, home visiting and early intervention, child abuse and neglect investigations, juvenile justice filings, welfare, food stamp and Medicaid participation into a single system. That system allows county agencies to compare results of their aid across several agencies and investigate whether one service reduces the need for others.

Dr. Fischer said that if districts release the data, researchers can see how UPK kids from suburbs do in school over time. He could find out, for example, if preschool leads to better reading or math skills in first grade, third grade and, eventually, even in high school.

He has already been able show that preschool improves third grade reading scores for Cleveland kids. He has also been able to see the effects through third grade of such things as parental education and how well kids attend kindergarten.

Case Western Reserve University want to expand their study beyond Cleveland and to do so they need more data. Read the full article at Also read the Center’s latest news on  ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data system (CHILD).