Evaluation of Early Learning Mentor Coaches Initiative (ELMC)

MEF Associates is a subcontractor to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on this project to help evaluate and identify the critical aspects of the ELMC initiative. The 18-month evaluation will use a mixed-method approach to describe the implementation of the ELMC, highlighting mentor coaching approaches, examine the quality of the implementation of these efforts, and examine factors that appear to be related to successful mentor coaching.  The intent of the ELMC initiative is to improve teaching practices in Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS), with grantees retaining autonomy over the coaching/mentor model they use to best meet their unique needs. The grants were funded in September 2010 to 131 grantees for a project period of 17 months.

Putting the Pieces Together: A Program Logic Model for Coaching in Head Start
The Descriptive Study of the Head Start Early Learning Mentor Coach Initiative 
Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Childhood Education
Mike Fishman