About CSS+

CSS+ logoThe Children's School Success Plus (+) project (Horn, Palmer, Lieber, & Butera, 2010) consists of three phases:

  1. Refining an integrated preschool curriculum (CSS).
  2. Teachers from 12 classrooms across 3 states (Kansas, Indiana and Maryland) are implementing CSS+ for one year and providing feedback about its feasibility as a curriculum.
  3. In the last year, the teachers will implement the refined curriculum and we will assess a sample of preschoolers with disabilities to see whether implementation fidelity is positively related to their learning outcomes. This project will establish a model of how an integrated, comprehensive curriculum can enhance the inclusion of young children with disabilities in a variety of preschool classrooms.


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The project is a Goal 2 IES Development grant* that supports the development and refinement of an intervention, feasibility data, and pilot data supporting the promise of the intervention, which in this case is to support young children with disabilities so that they can participate and make meaningful progress in their classroom activities. In Phase 3, Project staff will collect pretest and posttest data on a sample of young children with disabilities in the areas of early literacy (e.g., oral language, letter knowledge), math, and social skills. These data will be compared to a subset of children with disabilities who participated in the CSS research project (the "non-enhanced CSS"). Project staff will also collect periodic probes across the year on fidelity of teachers' implementation of the curriculum. 

The Children's School Success research grant, supported by funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A100239 to the University of Kansas has subcontracts to the University of Maryland and Indiana University (2010-2013). 

The opinions expressed are those of the investigators and do not represent views of the Institute of Education Sciences or the U.S. Department of Education.

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