ERIC Number: ED072129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report of the Evaluation of the 1971-1972 School-Home Contact Program.
Erickson, Edsel L.; And Others
The School-Home Contact Program was designed to send paraprofessional workers who are familiar with the community into the homes of students who show serious problems in attendance, adjustment, or achievement. The general objective of the program is to establish rapport between the school and the parents, anticipating that better communication will prevent problem students from dropping out of school. Family assistants contact parents of students referred to them by school personnel. They communicate to the parents the nature of the problem, kinds of assistance available from the school, and what they may do to help their children. They also arrange appointments with professional school staff when indicated. The selection and screening of the staff is conducted by the individual high school administrations. The family assistants are recruited from the target neighborhoods and serve 20 schools throughout the city. They work four and one half hours a day, and when home visits are not possible in the daytime, evening or weekend visits are arranged and made. There are 85 family assistants included in this study. The major conclusion of this study which also included over 1,000 student subjects, 180 parents, 48 high school professional staff, and two supervisors, is that the School-Home Contact Program has been associated with lower absenteeism, tardiness, and school dropping out. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Attendance, Behavior Problems, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Family School Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, Home Visits, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, School Aides, Student Behavior
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Sponsor: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Authoring Institution: Teaching and Learning Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)