ERIC Number: ED347002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The El Arco Iris Program. REACH: Realistic Educational Achievement Can Happen. Volume II, Part 6 of 6.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
El Arco Iris is a supplementary pre-school program for Hispanic 4- and 5-year-old children and their parents. The Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District operates the program. Ninety-five percent of the kindergarten children in this district begin school speaking little or no English and median family incomes are among the lowest in the state. El Arco Iris aims to upgrade the entrance-level readiness skills of children whose performance might be inhibited by language difficulties. Twice weekly parents and their children attend 90-minute sessions that include a television presentation in which a story is read and major concepts presented. A bilingual teacher presents the television lesson, which contains footage of locations in the community. Paraprofessional aides provide further instruction, show parents how to complete activities at home, and emphasize learning with children. Evaluation studies show positive gains in language for participants. Parents are unanimously positive about the project, and the schools feel it has encouraged and improved learning in kindergarten for this otherwise disadvantaged population of students. A schedule of lessons and sample topics are provided with the program description. (KS)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Television, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Parent Participation, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, Second Language Instruction, Spanish Speaking, Supplementary Education
Publications Distribution, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 7801-14940 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.