First 5 Butte County is committed to evaluating its funded programs.

Evaluation efforts reflect an ongoing commitment to ensure local accountability, document program quality and effectiveness, and measure progress towards outcomes. Each funded program is diverse in terms of interventions and outcomes; therefore evaluation plans are unique to each program. The Strategic Plan and Evaluation Committee (SPEC), a standing committee of the Commission, provides ongoing review and oversight of the programs’ evaluation, keeping the Commission updated and informed.

In some circumstances the Commission contracts with an outside evaluator in order to gain information to make the best possible funding decisions, such is the case with the Kindergarten Teachers Survey. In other circumstances the extent of the Commission’s investment may warrant evaluation by outside evaluators as in the case of the Butte Baby Steps program and the Strengthening Families Initiative.

Butte Baby Steps

Butte Baby Steps (BBS) is a Commission-funded intensive home visiting program serving families of vulnerable expectant and new mothers  living in South Butte County. BBS was designed based on the Healthy Families America (HFA) model – a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

The mission of BBS is to “provide families with education, advocacy and resources in order to cultivate strong foundations that support the optimal health, development and well-being of children.”  The initiative was externally evaluated between 2009 and 2015.  Please see reports below.

Healthy Families America, a program of Prevent Child Abuse America, 2014 Annual Report


Strengthening Families Initiative

The Strengthening Famiilies Initiave (SF Initiative) is a Commission-funded effort with investments designed to ensure that all families are well-equipped to help their children reach their optimal development and full potential.  Expected long term outcomes include:

  1. Families access necessary support systems and community services
  2. Children are raised in safe and supportive homes and communities
  3. Families have the opportunity to come together and build networks of support

The initiative was externally evaluated between 2011 and 2015.  Please reports below.

Kindergarten Teacher Survey

The purpose of the Kindergarten Teacher Survey is to provide Commissioners with information that enables them to make the best possible decisions about investing in programs and services for young children so that they will be well-prepared for school and beyond.

In 2005 the Commission conducted a survey of kindergarten teachers throughout the county to assess and monitor the level of school readiness among incoming kindergarten students. In 2008 the Commission conducted the survey for a second time, with very minimal changes other than to redesign the format to make it more easily completed by the teachers. The survey was conducted again in 2010 and 2012 with no additional changes. No changes were made to the 2014 survey other than to ask teachers to indicate whether or not a child had attended Transitional Kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year. This report provides the results of the 2014 survey, and Appendix 1 provides a comparison of the 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 results.  At this time the Commission is researching a new format for future surveys.

2014 Kindergarten Teachers Survey