Evaluation of Preschool for All (PFA) Implementation in San Francisco County
Year 5 Report
Preschool for all (PFA) is a citywide preschool program that offers free and reduced cost preschool for 4-year olds who reside in San Francisco County. AIR conducted a five-year joint process evaluation, beginning in December of 2005, to assess the implementation of PFA. The process evaluation was designed to investigate and document the implementation and the preliminary impacts of PFA on children, families, providers, and the community.
Each year of the study focused on emerging issues related to PFA implementation. The Year 5 evaluation consisted of two components. This first part of the study was designed to assess changes in the quality of PFA classrooms with teachers who participated in the Institute for Intentional Teaching. This professional development program was designed to strengthen teachers’ instructional support strategies and was based on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System.
In the second component of the Year 5 evaluation, AIR staff pilot-tested a new research tool known as the Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition, designed to assess the degree to which preschool teachers and classrooms are providing support for the social, cognitive, and linguistic development of dual language learners, with a focus on language and literacy.