Kaleidoscope students during story time

Kaleidoscope research featured in National Endowment for the Arts webinar

Kaleidoscope students during story time

Dr. Eleanor Brown, Professor of Psychology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, recently appeared on a National Endowment for the Arts webinar to discuss research she conducted on Settlement Music School’s Kaleidoscope program.

Her study, “The Art of Head Start: Intensive arts integration associated with advantage in school readiness for economically disadvantaged children,” found that children in Kaleidoscope showed greater gains in school readiness compared to their peers in a Head Start program that did not include arts classes.  Findings suggest that the arts can add value to Head Start preschool and can be a vehicle for equalizing educational opportunities for young, economically disadvantaged children.

The webinar, “New Research on the Arts & Early Childhood: A Symposium,” which is available online, showcased a series of research articles that appeared in a special section of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Featured speakers included authors Brian Kisida (University of Missouri), Amy Susman-Stillman (University of Minnesota), Rocio Galarza (Sesame Workshop), and Jane Best (Arts Education Partnership).

Dr. Brown’s recent study was also featured in a November article on Education Dive. For more information on all of Dr. Brown’s research, visit the Kaleidoscope Research page.