ERIC Number: ED356036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking Success for Children and Families: ECEAP Longitudinal Evaluation Study. Year 2 Technical Report.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This document is a detailed report on the second year of a 6-year study of the effectiveness of a state-sponsored preschool program for 4-year-old children from low-income families in the state of Washington. The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) takes a whole child approach, emphasizes the involvement of parents in planning and implementation, and attends to the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Data is being collected for three "waves" of children for the periods: (1) 1988/89 (ECEAP year) to 1993/94 (grade 4); (2) 1989/90 (ECEAP) year to 1994/95 (grade 4); and (3) 1990/91 (ECEAP year) to 1995/96 (grade 4). The evaluation of the program tracks the scholastic, social, attitudinal, and physical progress of several hundred children participating in the program. Participants are compared to a control group of children who were eligible for the program but did not participate. Results for this portion of the study indicate that progress was made in five of the eight program goals: (1) increasing children's self-confidence; (2) enhancing children's cognitive skills; (3) increasing children's spontaneity, curiosity, and self-discipline; (4) improving children's physical abilities; and (5) empowering families, with the result that parents improve parenting skills and the families increase their access to money and basic resources. No change was observed in the quality of children's nutrition; the ability of child and family to relate to each other; or the families' sense of self-worth. Appended are data collection instruments and a parent interview form. (ME)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Dept. of Community Development, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Washington