Proven Results

ParentCorps holds promise for breaking the cycle of disadvantage for low-income children.

Achievement gaps and health disparities persist despite decades of reforms – and in large part, reflect gaps in opportunities for learning early in life. ParentCorps’ approach is based in an understanding of the challenges of raising and educating children in low-income urban neighborhoods. ParentCorps aims to buffer the impact of poverty and other stressors by engaging and supporting communities of parents and early childhood teachers.

ParentCorps includes three key components that synergistically strengthen home-school connections and help teachers and parents provide high-quality environments that are safe, predictable and nurturing -- to ensure that all students develop the social, emotional and behavioral regulation skills that are the foundation for learning.

Rigorous research shows that ParentCorps promotes lasting changes in the home-school connection and young children’s environments, and results in long-term benefits for children’s learning, behavior and health.

ParentCorps Theory of Change

ParentCorps has been rigorously evaluated in two randomized controlled trials as an enhancement to Pre-K programs in schools serving low-income communities in New York City. Follow-up studies are ongoing as students make the critical transitions to middle school and high school.

A randomized controlled trial is the most rigorous research method for measuring the effectiveness of an intervention. This type of trial is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for new drugs or medical devices to determine their effectiveness and safety before they are made available to the public. Prevention scientists use this same methodology to test whether programs work as intended – making a real difference for children in the real world and reaching enough children to achieve population impact. 

As ParentCorps is adopted and implemented in new schools and early childhood education settings, ongoing evaluation data are collected through our Quality Implementation and Decision Support system (QIDS or “kids”).QIDS data are analyzed and shared with school leaders, and the mental health professionals and educators who implement ParentCorps programs, to provide information on progress toward meeting ParentCorps implementation benchmarks and improving children’s health and development.

See ParentCorps' Return on Investment Brief

“The problems of rising inequality and diminished productivity growth are not due mainly to defects in public schools or to high college tuition rates… Remediation in the adolescent years can repair the damage of adverse early environments, but it is costly… Social policy should be directed toward the malleable early years. Any proposed program should respect the primacy of the family” - Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman

“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancies, even reducing violent crime… Let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” - President Barack Obama, leading the national movement for universal pre-K.