ERIC Number: ED052846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-7
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Early Childhood Education Program for Nursery, Kindergarten Children.
Newton Public Schools, West Newton, MA.
A summer program conducted in two schools involved 154 nursery school and kindergarten children. Eligibility was determined by economic criteria, ability to attend the full 5-week program, and probability of benefit from the program. Pupil-teacher ratios were generally 9 to 1; part-time psychological and speech services and a nurse were also available. The general program design was to provide enrichment activities to children in an open classroom atmosphere. Because a control group was not available, evaluation of program effects was undertaken by pretesting and posttesting with the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). The CBRS was also administered over the telephone to a sample of 20 parents. Teachers kept a record of contacts with parents to assess general parental involvement in the program. Evaluation findings indicate that: (1) students made significant improvement in two of the CBRS scales (Self-Adjustment and School Adjustment); (2) parents tended to rate their children lower on the Self-Adjustment Scale than did the teachers; (3) the mean IQ scores as measured by the PPVT were comparable to the national average; and (4) almost all parents were involved in the program, and their assessments of the program were positive. The document also includes program reports and photographs from the two schools, a replica of a newsletter sent home weekly, and selected letters from parents. (AJ)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Newton Public Schools, West Newton, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I