ERIC Number: ED381239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Positive Parent Participation in Preschool Programming.
A practicum was designed to address the problem of limited opportunities for parents to participate in their children's preschool education and the dichotomous interpretation between parents and preschool staff of what constitutes satisfactory parent participation within the preschool program. The goal of the practicum was to have parents express satisfaction with the quality and opportunities for parent participation. Thirty parents and four staff members in the prekindergarten program of a public school district participated. A number of activities were implemented, including surveying parent interests and availability, distributing a monthly newsletter, developing a parent bulletin board, and inviting parents to curriculum planning and grant writing sessions. Program staff also received training on strategies for collaboration between parents and schools. End-of-year parent surveys indicated that parent participation and satisfaction grew as the variety of parental participatory opportunities increased. The majority of staff members reported a positive change in attitude regarding appropriateness of parent involvement within the preschool. (Three appendices contain the Illinois State Board of Education annual program review, the parent survey, and survey results.) (WP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois State Board of Education
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.