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Her experience includes working as a teacher at a church, serving as director of the child development center at the YMCA Hutcherson branch and teaching children at the Tulsa Head Start program, administered by the Community Action Project. While at Tulsa’s Head Start, she was a lead preschool teacher, master teacher and coach for new teachers.
Her study focused on Tulsa's biggest Head Start program, which is run by CAP Tulsa, a nonprofit group that serves 3- to 4-year-olds. It looked at how the students in the program were faring years later. And it found clear benefits for children who had gone through the program. In August, I talked with Phillips and asked her to summarize her findings.
CAP Tulsa provided free health screenings for all the students at the early childhood center on Tuesday. The screenings included vision and hearing tests, growth assessment, dental exams and physicals if needed as well as lead tests.
Gormley, Deborah Phillips, and Sara Anderson released findings in August of this year that show there are positive, long-term benefits for children participating in Tulsa’s Community Action Project Head Start Program. According to the study published by Developmental Psychology, participation in the CAP Head Start “produced significant positive effects on achievement test scores in math and on both grade retention and chronic absenteeism for middle-school students as a whole.”
Tracking students who first enrolled in 2004 in Head Start programs run by Tulsa's Community Action Project, and comparing them to classmates who didn't attend an early-childhood program, the research shows the CAP children scored significantly higher on state math achievement tests in middle school, were much less likely to repeat a grade and were much less likely to be chronically absent.
He has been part of ongoing research involving Tulsa’s Head Start program to evaluate the long-range effectiveness of early education programs. Last month, the latest study from Georgetown University showed that gains found among Tulsa’s Head Start students going into kindergarten and first grade can last into high school.
Whether Head Start can work "is an antiquated question at this point," said Deborah Phillips, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University and the co-author of a study that looked at middle school outcomes for children who took part in a Head Start program in Tulsa, Okla. "The answer is, yes it can," Phillips said. "The question now is, under what circumstances does the Head Start program produce these effects?"
Steven Dow is the director of Tulsa's Community Action Project, one of Oklahoma's largest anti-poverty agencies, and a partner with the Tulsa, Union and Sand Springs school districts in providing enhanced birth-to-four-year old education that includes enrichment and parenting training for families
Tulsa's biggest Head Start program, which is run by CAP Tulsa, a nonprofit group that serves 3- to 4-year-olds. It looked at how the students in the program were faring years later. And it found clear benefits for children who'd gone through the program. I talked with Phillips and asked her to summarize her findings.
Progress made as 4-year-olds has the most lasting impact for girls, white and Hispanic children, English Language Learners and those who are enrolled in the free-lunch program. That’s from the latest report in a long-term evaluation project by Georgetown University researchers, who began following the Tulsa children in 2001. The Tulsa Head Start program is administered by the Community Action Project.