This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be part of the Glasses for Kids Program offered by the Flaum Eye Institute and work with them on a trial phase use of the COMET database. I went into the morning not knowing what to expect; my only understanding of the program was the notes that I had taken at our monthly meetings and the setup that we'd done internally for their database. I must say, I was completely blown away! The program was a well-oiled machine, from the in-take services to the vision screening, ultimately resulting in children being fitted for their own pair of glasses.
Here at COMET we’re lucky to have a not-for-profit partner who understands all the ins and outs of program evaluation. Children’s Institute (CI) evaluates their own programs regularly to make sure they’re effective and keeping up with best practices. They also work with many organizations in the Rochester community as an independent evaluator for their programs. Many of those organizations are also COMET customers, utilizing our system to collect the data used in their evaluations.
Even 45 years after the inception of Head Start, and nearly15 years since the advent of Universal Prekindergarten (UPK), the question remains: Is the promise of early childhood education being fulfilled?
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