ERIC Number: ED393605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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Families First: Learning from Parents through Evaluation.
Campbell, Julie; And Others
This paper is a description and an evaluation of the Families First program in Sydney, Australia. The Families First program was set up to provide innovative family-centered early intervention services to families with young children with disabilities from birth to school age living within the South-Western Metropolitan Health Region. The program takes a family-centered approach. It identifies family needs, locates the informal and formal supports and resources to meet these needs, and helps families identify their strengths and capabilities to make use of the available resources needed to strengthen the family unit. In this context, children are encouraged to pursue their own learning in playful interaction with others. The Families First program includes activities such as home visits, meetings for the support group "Monday Group" and intervention program "Stepping Stones," social activities, support for liaison with professionals and community groups, and visiting speakers. An evaluative parent satisfaction questionnaire was compiled to ascertain information about parental perceptions of the program. The 10 families whose children no longer require the full range of Families First services were approached and asked to complete the questionnaires. Results from seven completed questionnaires showed that the program has been successful. The Monday Group was the most appreciated aspect of the program. There was a strong utilization of the Stepping Stones program, and parents showed a similarly strong interest in locating information about other resources available in the community. (MOK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Australia (Sydney); Family Needs; Family Resource and Support Programs; Family Strengths; Family Support
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).