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Department of Education Feasibility Studies

The U.S. Department of Education is currently funding a Preschool Pay For Success (PFS) Feasibility Pilot, supporting eight studies which will determine if PFS is a viable and appropriate strategy to implement preschool programs that are high-quality and yield meaningful results. Learn more here.

Pay for Success Feasibility Study with Legacy Early College

ICS is conducting a PFS feasibility study in partnership with Legacy Early College, a public charter school in Greenville, SC – the only charter school funded for PFS feasibility analysis for preschool by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2016 and, ICS believes, the only charter school to undertake a PFS feasibility study in the U.S. to date.

Legacy Early College is succeeding as a Title 1 public charter school serving over 1,300, K5 (kindergarten for five-year-olds) through 12th grade students in the heart of West Greenville, South Carolina – an area with high-crime, high unemployment, the highest teen pregnancy rate, and the highest poverty index in the county.  Legacy Early College’s educational strategy combines academic excellence, physical fitness, and superior nutrition with social and emotional learning to see each student to and through college graduation.

The feasibility study is exploring how PFS could expand Legacy’s school model to include high quality pre-K for three- and four-year-olds, incorporating the AppleTree Every Child Ready model.  ICS looks forward to not only exploring the viability of tapping the PFS model to provide preschool to more children in Greenville – but also to creating a model for how PFS can be used by charter schools nationwide to improve outcomes.