Baltimore Youth in Publicly Funded Programs

Original Source: Connolly, F., Grigg, J., & Cronister, C. (2018). “Baltimore Youth in Publicly Funded Programs”. BERC Website: Publications.
Subject: Publicly Funded Programs
Research question/s:
Motivation/s: This brief provides a visual representation of the flow into and out of publicly funded programs for children born to mothers who lived in Baltimore from September 2, 2007 through September 1, 2008.

1.     Of the 9,693 born that year, almost a third (3,010) were not seen in any of the programs. This may be due to the fact that the family moved out of the City or families may choose to enroll their children in independent private daycare, preschool, and kindergarten and not participate in publicly funded programs.

2.     Most children enroll in City Schools. That peaks in kindergarten where 59.3% (5,746/9693) of children born in the City enroll. By grade 1, that percent has reduced to reflect 57.8% (5.606/9,693).

3.     The most common pathway is from City Schools kindergarten to Grade 1 which represents 5,422 children. The next largest pathway represents 3,747 youth and represents moving Pre-K to kindergarten. The third largest represents children born in the City and not seen in any of these programs, a total of 3,010. The next two are for children moving from birth to pre-K (2,218) and Birth to Head Start (1,581). The sixth largest pathway is for children who were born in Baltimore and next appear in the Baltimore Infants and Toddlers program (BITP). BITP enrollment is initiated with a referral by a pediatrician, parent, or early education staff working in programs, and assessment and determination to be ineligible (not a participants), or eligible (participant). Learn more about BITP here. The final pathway that includes 1,000 or more students is from Birth to kindergarten.

Keywords: Publicly Funded Programs
Type: Research Brief
Status of the Work: Published