ERIC Number: ED339503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Training Program for Head Start Parents in Preparation for Public School Transition of Their Children.
Ulmer, Sherry P.
Head Start parents who were poorly trained for the transition of their children from Head Start to the public school were assisted as they went through a structured training program. The parents' children were 3 and 4 years old, and lived in a rural community in the southwestern United States. The population was 5 percent Black, 2 percent American Indian, 39 percent Mexican-American, and 54 percent Caucasian. A parent group had been incorporated in 1974, but parents did not know what to expect, or what was expected of them, in regard to the preparation of their children for participation in the public school system. Information needs in such areas as school discipline policies and enrollment procedures were cited. A training and information system was developed to address parent concerns. As a result, the parents were able to increase their awareness of the need to be involved in their children's education. Parents were also involved in the development of a parent transition handbook and a transition agreement between the Head Start program and the public school. It was concluded that parent training and involvement throughout the transition process would be mandatory for all Head Start programs. Appended are a checklist for parents on their needs for information, and a parent pre-test and post-test. Contains 5 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Head Start
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.