ERIC Number: ED341490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
FOSPA Program Description. Parent-Child Programs: District 742 Community Education's Early Childhood Family Education Project [Revised].
Hoodecheck, Jeanne; Kearns, Ellen
The Family Oriented Structured Preschool Activity (FOSPA) program, an Early Childhood/Family Education program for parents and their 4-year-old children, is described. FOSPA is a nationally validated Title III, Elementary and Secondary Education Act demonstration project in the St. Cloud Community Schools district of Minnesota. Based on research findings that the early years are critical to a child's development and on the belief that parents can benefit if the educational community is willing to help them in their parenting role, the FOSPA program focuses on the quality of the parent-child relationship, the development of a competent and resourceful child, and support for parents in their parenting role. Parents and their children come to a center-based program once a week for 2 hours per session for approximately 25 weeks. At the center there is time for parent-child interaction and time for parents to meet separately with other parents and a parent educator. Children interact with each other and with the early childhood teacher in structured activities and free play. Activity kits, designed to teach cognitive skills to the children and to enhance the parent-child relationship, are available for families to take home. This report contains information on the program's philosophy and objectives, program activities, curriculum materials, activity kits, learning stations, evidence of effectiveness, community awareness, dissemination, budgets, and criteria for adoption elsewhere. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud Independent School District 742, MN.