In the fall of 2016, Yes! Our Kids Can and Texas A&M University–San Antonio set up a partnership to test the efficacy of an application and curriculum aimed towards young children to help them set up goals for post-secondary opportunities. Dr. Theresa Garfield and Dr. James Jurica collected data through several means: a parent and student feedback session in December 2016, during which there was a consumer research team present; a second parent and child feedback session in January 2017; and the pilot study pre-survey and post-survey involving parents, students, and teachers conducted in April and May 2017.
After a six-week YOKC implementation period involving all primarily English-speaking first grade students at one rural school, researchers analyzed the quantitative and qualitative data. Primary analyses yielded an increase in parent perceptions of the importance of college attendance on the life of the family, a decrease in the percentage of parents who felt they needed help to prepare their child for college which may demonstrate an increase in college preparedness perceptions, and a decrease in parent perception of whether parents felt their kids needed to stay home while attending college.