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Project Sustainability Report: Summary (2006)


The 2005 report Better Beginnings, Better Futures (BBBF): Project Sustainability provides an in-depth assessment of the impact BBBF programming has had on children in South-East Ottawa. Junior and Senior Kindergarten teachers were asked to assess the Better Beginning kids as well as a comparison site group of children who did not participate in a BBBF program.  Students entering Junior Kindergarten in 1998 were the first group of children to move through the BBBF programming from birth to age 4 (1994-1998).  Children entering Senior Kindergarten in 2003 were also tested and their results were compared to the Junior Kindergarten group.  The Junior and Senior Kindergarten test results were then compared to results from the children in a comparison site.

  1. Junior Kindergarten teachers used the Appraisal for Better Curriculum which considers how the child adjusts to school, their relationships with adults and other children, their interests, ability to help themselves, physical development and their ability to communicate.  They also used a prosocial scale developed for the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, which measures prosocial abilities, emotional anxiety, physical aggression and hyperactivity-inattention.

 

  1. Senior Kindergarten teachers used the Early Development Instrument which measures school readiness including physical health, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development and communication skills and general knowledge.  The scale that compared the Junior and Senior Kindergarten test results measured hyperactivity-inattention, emotional anxiety disorder, physical aggression, prosocial behaviour and social competence.

The test results of the South East Ottawa BBBF children show that:

  1. The children in Junior Kindergarten (1999) had lower hyperactive, emotional anxiety disorder and physical aggression scores and higher prosocial and social competence scores than the comparison site children

 

  1. The children in Senior Kindergarten (2003) showed even lower hyperactive, emotional anxiety disorder and physical aggression scores and higher prosocial and social competence scores than the Junior Kindergarten kids as well as comparison site children
  1. The South East Ottawa BBBF children showed consistently higher scores in the Early Development Instrument domains of physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development and communication skills and general knowledge when compared to other BBBF Sites, comparison sites and the Ontario Provincial Averages

 

Full document is available at bbbf.queensu.ca/pub.html