ERIC Number: ED171367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
How Do the Preschool Children of the Community Education Center Perform in the Public School System?: An Evaluation of Children's Performance and Parent Participation.
Read, Martha, Comp.
A follow-up study of 104 Spanish-speaking children who attended a bilingual-bicultural preschool program was conducted to investigate the children's relative standing in elementary school and the degree of parent participation in school activities. School achievement level of all available children who had attended the Community Education Center (CEC) from 1973 to 1977 was obtained by a teacher questionnaire. Information on parent participation was obtained by a home interview and the teacher questionnaire. Additional information on parent participation programs offered by the children's schools was obtained by a checklist for teachers and parents. Teacher evaluations indicated that, when considered as a group, the CEC children were rated average for their class. Of the 43 children in primary grades, 23% had been retained since they began school. This rate compared favorably with the 85% retention rate of children with Spanish surnames in the school in which CEC children were enrolled. Ratings of children's standings correlated with degree of parent participation. Parents seemed to recognize the importance of parent involvement, but to lack the necessary tools to participate in public school activities. Additional information concerning parent participation is discussed in detail. (SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Education Center, Redwood City, CA.