Evidence of Effectiveness

“Pre and post measurement* of skill development on thousands of children who have graduated from a School’s Cool program show that children typically increase in the skill areas of language, math, social, psychological and self-help by an average of one year of age development.”
Gena Robertson, President, School’s Cool
*using the proprietary evaluation instrument built into School’s Cool called the Developmental Checklist

Over nine years (between 2007 and 2015), 5,593 Canadian children have been evaluated to see whether School’s Cool would increase their developmental skills.  The results overall show that children who have taken a School’s Cool program have increased school readiness skills by over 54 weeks, on average, in a six week period!

Those increases were measured in math, language, self-help, social and psychological skill areas.

The impact of School’s Cool is consistently strong in a variety of settings. For examples of the kinds of settings that have proven to be a great fit for School’s Cool, click here.

In addition to our internal evaluation process, School’s Cool has been validated by numerous other sources:

  • School’s Cool instructors and trainers who have shared their experiences and best practices
  • Parents who have spoken of the impact the program had on their child’s successful entry to school
  • Kindergarten teachers have written us about being able to tell which children in their classroom had taken School’s Cool
  • Dr. Susan Chuang, Associate Professor, Guelph University, whose 2008 research report was presented at three international conferences
    • American Educational Research Association
    • Society for Research on the Child Development
    • Metropolis



Using developmentally appropriate curriculum that is both play-based and outcome-focused, School’s Cool has been found to promote children’s intrinsic motivation for learning and builds their skills and competencies to be successful as they transition to formal schooling. The program is culturally sensitive to immigrant and other ethnic minority children, ensuring that all children strengthen their developmental skills.