ERIC Number: ED373501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Enabling Parents Who Seek Information about Child Development and Community Resources To Find Answers through a School Based Resource Center.
Stowers, Mary M.
This practicum addressed the problem of families having insufficient skills and resources necessary for locating information about the physical, socioemotional, and academic development of their young children in an early intervention program. The practicum's goal was to help parents acquire these necessary skills and resources. A family resource center was established on a public school campus, including: books, tapes, toys, and other resource material for families to borrow; information about community agencies; a referral telephone line service; and support group and other information sharing activities. Newsletters about community agency services were distributed to teachers to assist them in making appropriate referrals. Analysis of evaluative data showed that parents gained an understanding of how to use acquired information, expressed an increased feeling of support, and cited specific examples when acquired information was useful. Additionally, teachers demonstrated an awareness of appropriate community referrals. Appendices include the Family Needs Survey, other survey forms, and a pretest/posttest regarding developmental appropriateness of materials and services. (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Needs
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.