Research and Evaluation

  Evaluation of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Informal Kinship Care Program

Cecily Darden Adams 



This report presents findings from the evaluation of PGCPS’ Informal Kinship Care (IKC) program.  Using data from district’s archival records, survey of caregivers, and interviews of IKC program staff, the evaluation examines the characteristics of IKC program participants, and the supports and challenges they experienced in school enrollment.  Evaluation findings indicate that during SY2012, IKC students (n=1,342) have a higher than PGCPS average representation among high school and African American students, and in special/support programs (except ESOL).  IKC caregivers are better educated than research suggests.  However, about half of IKC caregivers live on fixed or no income, most are grandmothers, and they are older than reported in similar studies.  Caregiver and staff perceptions of the IKC program were extremely positive, with nearly all caregivers having positive perceptions of their interactions with IKC staff.  However, grandmothers and caregivers with lower socioeconomic status reported relatively lower satisfaction.  Several themes emerged from caregivers and staff about IKC program supports and challenges, including: positive perceptions of IKC staff knowledge and support despite high staff turnover, challenges in accessing and utilizing IKC written documents, confidence in the overall IKC process efficiency, need for improved guidance to information and resources.  This reports concludes by recommending:  (1) piloting school-based IKC intake; (2) developing an administrative procedure for IKC; (3) publishing customer-friendly IKC program materials; (4) continuing to improve the data management system; (5) improving IKC program follow-up and information sharing; (6) establishing a clear IKC program identity;  and (7) continuing to evaluate the IKC program.

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