ERIC Number: ED357912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-8
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Establishing Rural Even Start Programs: Lessons Learned from a Demonstration Project.
Keith, Patricia B.; Fortune, Jimmie C.
This report examines critical issues that rural educators face in establishing preschool programs. Even Start is a federal program designed to meet the educational needs of preschool children who have under-educated parents. In addition to participating in their child's education, the program requires parents to enroll in educational or vocational training programs. External evaluators analyzed accountability, program effectiveness, and impact of a rural Even Start program established during the 1991-92 school year. Techniques such as participant observation, ethnographic investigation, interviewing, and surveys were employed. Because the federal government was late in awarding funds, early obstacles included finding a physical location for the program, hiring staff, and promoting community awareness of the program. Other barriers were limited community support, competition among four established preschool programs, and problems associated with the adult education component of the program. Although census data indicated about 350 eligible preschoolers, only 3 students and 2 parents participated during the 5-month program. These findings suggest that rural educators should carefully review new federal programs to determine if additional preschool programs are warranted. In addition, better coordination of program design, funding, and management of resources is needed at the federal, state, and local levels to prevent duplication of services. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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