Urban Institute
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Collaborating to Assess the Feasibility of the Legacy Early College PFS Program

Lessons from an Urban Institute Technical Assistance Engagement
April 30, 2019 - 11:22am

Quality early childhood education is an essential building block of academic success. This is especially true for children in low-income families and children learning two languages, who stand to gain the most from these programs. But current funding levels for public prekindergarten (pre-K) and other accessible options are not sufficient. One promising new model for funding is pay for success (PFS). PFS focuses on improving outcomes and measuring the impact of change. Legacy Early College, or Legacy, in Greenville, South Carolina, began in January 2016 to explore the feasibility of using a PFS approach to fund their early childhood education program. The Urban Institute partnered with Legacy to develop an evaluation design and support the feasibility study. This brief discusses challenges and lessons learned from that process.

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