ERIC Number: ED368877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Family Literacy for Parents in Bridge Housing.
Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, PA.
A program was developed to demonstrate an effective delivery system for providing family-oriented literacy services to homeless parents of young children. By taking the program directly into four bridge or transitional housing sites in Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Literacy Initiative of Goodwill Industries believed that the result would be an increase in the amount of time parents spent reading to their children. A four-session workshop developed for the Allegheny County Head Start program was expanded to six sessions and tailored for the parents in the bridge housing programs. Each session focused on a different type of children's book and exposed parents to a variety of ways to use the books with their children. Parents were also taught craft activities to extend the ideas in the stories. A total of 48 women benefited as a result of their participation in this project with 98 children benefiting indirectly. The program was evaluated on a weekly basis and at the end of the six-session workshop by the instructor to determine if content was appropriate for the women. The bridge housing program staff evaluated the effectiveness of the workshop in a letter to the project supervisor and said the program improved relationships between the women and their children. Participants evaluated the workshop sessions in a written paragraph. (Participant and bridge housing staff evaluations are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, PA.