ERIC Number: ED365412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Target 2000 Parent Education Program. Final Report.
Swick, Kevin J.; And Others
This report details the evaluation of Target 2000, a South Carolina parent education program that involves parent and literacy training as well as social services for children and parents, and that is intended to increase parents' effectiveness as the primary teachers of their preschool children. The evaluation process described was shaped by the Target 2000 legislation, the design of the parent education program by the South Carolina Department of Education, and the piloting of the program by 21 selected school districts. The evaluation itself focused on the program's four components: (1) parenting education, including information on parenting skills and child development; (2) literacy training and adult education; (3) child services, including developmental screening, health services, and direct educational services; and (4) direct parent and family services, including transportation, child care, food, clothing, heat, and linkages with family support services. Part 1 of the report discusses the function, organization, and framework of the evaluation. Part 2 reviews and analyzes the literature on effective parent education practices. Part 3 describes the data collection and analysis, while part 4 presents the findings, including profiles of parents and family life contexts and profiles of the staff and the programs at the 21 sites. Part 5 presents recommendations, including recommendations to emphasize school readiness and recruit minority staff. A list of more than 50 references is provided. Appendices include a list of members of the evaluation team and the pilot projects, interview and inventory forms, a summary of findings about program outcomes, and a cost analysis of the program. (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, School Readiness, Social Services, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: South Carolina; Target 2000 SC