The Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative in Nigeria was developed as a partnership between the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and other national and international organizations in response to the dire state of education in Nigeria in the 1990s.
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UNICEF contracted with AIR in January 2008 to conduct a global evaluation of the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative. The evaluation was expected to serve as a baseline to examine the effectiveness of CFS programming efforts in the areas of inclusiveness, pedagogy, architecture and services, participation and governance, and systemic management.
Olean City School District in New York began implementing an Early Reading First (ERF) program in 2009–10. The goals of the program are to improve prekindergarten literacy instruction, support improvement in the literacy environment in students’ homes, and facilitate the transition of students between preschool and kindergarten. AIR is conducting a three-year evaluation of the Olean ERF program to track progress in program implementation and assess the program’s impact on teacher practice and student achievement.