Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • Play-based, child-centered early education curriculum
  • Instruction emphasizes active learning and focuses on a range of school readiness skills
  • Half-day program includes a weekly home visiting component
  • Average child-teacher ratio of 6:1
  • Includes monthly small-group meetings of parents
Issue Areas
Early childhood
Target Population
Children under 5
Cost per Participant
Not available

Evidence and impacts


Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute of Justice; the second-highest level of evidence by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, Social Programs That Work

  • Increased long-term academic achievement
  • Reduced long-term engagement in risky behavior
  • Increased long-term employment and earnings
  • Yielded $6.60 in social benefit for every dollar invested

Best practices in implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Implementation and learning practices are based on cognitive-development theories, which inform active participatory learning techniques.
  • HighScope can be adapted to work in congruence with a state’s educational curriculum requirements, allowing for better educational quality and compliance.
  • Partnerships with schools and buy-in from teachers are essential for curriculum success. Staff and teacher training is essential in ensuring that curriculum is delivered with fidelity.
  • Parent participation (through in-class interactions and workshops) is essential to extend the learning environment to the home.
  • Frequent program assessments ensure that curriculum is delivered as intended and achieving best possible results.