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StartSmart K-3 Plus Offers Extra Education for Study

Registration deadline at select schools is March 9

February 23, 2012

Children scheduled to attend one of 13 select Albuquerque public schools for kindergarten or first grade next fall can receive an additional 25 days of instruction and their parents can be compensated as part of a research study called StartSmart K-3 Plus. Registration deadline is March 9. 

StartSmart K-3 Plus is a literacy program designed to better prepare kindergarteners and first-graders for school next fall. Eligible participants in the program receive the additional instruction during the summer, prior to the start of the school year. Those students selected for the program may also, at the parents’ option, continue to receive summer services up through the child’s third-grade year or 2015, whichever comes first. This is the second year of the program. 

The following elementary schools are participating in the StartSmart K-3 Plus program:  Bel-Air, Carlos Rey, Chelwood, E.G. Ross, Governor Bent, Hodgin, Longfellow, Los Ranchos, Manzano Mesa, McCollum, Mission Avenue, Painted Sky and Tomasita. Breakfast and lunch are served during the program and transportation is available for students who live within the school attendance area. 

Parents should call their home participating school site by March 9 to register their child and have him or her assessed for the program. Students must already attend, be scheduled to attend or be transferring into one of the 13 schools to participate in the program. The program runs from June 27 through Aug. 1. 

In exchange for participating in the study, parents are eligible to be paid $50 after completing a consent form and survey and having their child’s reading, math, vocabulary and social skills evaluated. Parents receive another $100 after completing the program along with an additional set of surveys and assessment. The study also pays parents $100 per summer through the third-grade year, or as long as they choose to have their child participate. 

The study began last year with kindergarteners only. This year, a first-grade class is being added. 

The summer services are provided at no cost to children selected for the program. This is similar to the K-3 Plus program run by the New Mexico Public Education Department, but the state program is not part of the research study. Over the past five years, test scores have improved for students participating in K-3 Plus. 

More information will soon be available at the Center of Extended Learning, Elementary Programs page.

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