ERIC Number: ED373151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Project PALS (Parenting and Literacy Skills). Final Report.
Bryan Independent School District, TX.
Project PALS (Parenting and Literacy Skills) was designed as a model of holistic comprehensive family literacy for those families connected with a Head Start program. Forty-three of an anticipated 75 families were served. Adult students who were referred by Head Start personnel participated in classes in English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and General Educational Development (GED) at two sites. Literacy Volunteers of America and VISTA volunteers were assigned to work with PALS. Parent education sessions were conducted in both English and Spanish. Home visits allowed for individualization of the program. Each site had regularly scheduled family field trips. The Parent and Child Time on Friday mornings provided parents and children with experiences in shared reading, language stimulation activities, and interactions with various educational materials. Twenty participants either took and passed the GED, passed part of the GED, or were awaiting their GED test date. Children were pre- and posttested with the PreSchool Inventory and improved from an average pretest score of 11.7% to an average posttest score of 53.2%. Parents moved from watching their children to becoming active partners in the interaction sessions. An evaluation concluded that staff willingness to review and adjust the program and emphasis on participant involvement were the strengths of the program. The project was successful because it positively affected many families' lives. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, At Risk Persons, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, High School Equivalency Programs, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bryan Independent School District, TX.