ERIC Number: ED346962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
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A Descriptive Assessment of Project Focus' Home Visit Program.
Swick, Kevin J.
This document presents a descriptive study of the Home Visit Program, which is part of Project Focus. The project was designed to support healthy family development by offering a broad range of services to families of children from birth to 5 years of age in two school districts. Emphasis was placed on preventive services for families in high-risk situations, especially those in poor, rural areas. The primary goals of the home visit program were to promote a literacy orientation in the parent-child relationship and promote family wellness. This document describes the content of the home visits, the types of support provided, the activities that the home visitors developed for the families, parent perceptions and behaviors, and the extent to which the parents participated. The study of the home visit program described in the document involved 35 at-risk families in intensive parent education and family support services. While the general content of the home visits was based on school readiness skills, the activities undertaken with each family emerged from the dynamics of the relationship between the home visitor and the parent. There was a relationship between parents' increased involvement in support activities and their proactive relationships with their children. Recommendations for improving the functioning of the program are provided. Appended are 15 references and assessment forms. (GLR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Blacks, Community Resources, Ethnography, Family Characteristics, Family Problems, Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Literacy, Low Income, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parents, Preschool Children, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, School Readiness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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