ERIC Number: ED382361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Responses to Public School Programs for Three- and Four-Year-Old Children.
Lawler-Prince, Dianne; And Others
This study assesses parental satisfaction, parent knowledge, and parent involvement with the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Programs, public school programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. The sample consisted of parents of children enrolled in four ABC programs. Parent surveys were conducted and responses were obtained from 144 parents. Parent responses indicated positive attitudes concerning the care and education which children receive in the programs. Specifically, parents responded that: (1) they were welcomed as visitors in the programs (99%); (2) there were multiple opportunities for them to participate in the programs (98%); (3) they were informed of the day-to-day activities in which their children were involved (98%); and (4) teachers have good attitudes toward them and their children (94%). Areas were also identified in which parents indicated a need for additional information: (1) program philosophy and goals for children; (2) payments and refunds; (3) rules for attendance of sick children; (4) menus of snacks and meals; (5) parent-staff communication to ensure continuity; (6) parental evaluation of the programs' effectiveness, and involvement of parents in developing IEPs. The overall positive reactions of parents are attributed to parental involvement, the key element of the program. (BAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas; Parent Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 10, 1994).