ERIC Number: ED368119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Beacon Outreach Program. Final Report 1990-1993.
Hainsworth, Peter K.
This 3-year project provided support services to 16 sites (in 8 states) which implemented the BEACON model (Bilingual Early Assessment and Curriculum Outreach Network) to screen, evaluate, and serve young (ages 2-8) bilingual children with disabilities and their families. Major components of the BEACON model are: (1) bilingual children with disabilities in mainstream and special classrooms are screened using the Preschool Screening System (PSS); (2) follow-up classroom and/or home programs are provided using the ERIN (Early Recognition Intervention Network) curriculum adapted for bilingual children generally and for each language group specifically; and (3) family involvement is stressed. The project assisted a range of agencies including public school mainstream, special, and bilingual classrooms; Head Start; and day care programs. Local, regional, and national training was provided to site staffs. Among project achievements were: screening of over 1,900 children and services provided to over 300 children and families; model demonstration by local sites and dissemination at national conferences; adaptation of the PSS into 42 languages; and preparation of a guide for adapting the ERIN curriculum for this population. Evaluation indicated that participating children had an average increase of 8.41 months in developmental age over that otherwise expected. Extensive appendices include the ERIN Information Processing Framework, a BEACON brochure, an ERIN evaluation summary sheet, and a guide to using PSS online. (DB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Curriculum Development, Day Care Centers, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Ethnic Groups, Inservice Education, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Non English Speaking, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Screening Tests, Staff Development
Peter Hainsworth, 17444 2nd St., East, Redington Shores, FL 33708 (For copies of the Preschool Screening System manual and child record form in 42 languages, parent questionnaire in 5 languages).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: ERIN: Early Recognition Intervention Network, Dedham, MA.