ERIC Number: ED373154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Open Doors Project: An Innovative Family Literacy Program. Final Report.
Harris Family Foundation, Inc., Huntsville, AL.
Open Doors is a family literacy program that was developed to provide basic literacy training and basic skills remediation for homeless single mothers who have not completed high school and developmental enrichment services for their infants and toddlers. Open Doors was designed to provide interventions to 30 families. The program featured innovative methods for recruiting families and provided various support services to nurture participants' progress. The Open Doors staff consisted of a full-time coordinator, five part-time staff members, and numerous volunteers and student interns. The project served more than 30 families who participated in the program, including 12 mothers who passed the General Educational Development (GED) test and another 11 who were within 5 points of passing the GED at the program's end. Ten mothers advanced three grade levels as measured by pretest/posttest scores. Open Doors cost a total of $120,345 of which $33,061 came from private foundation and community contributions and $88,303 came from the National Institute of Literacy. (Appendixes constituting approximately 75% of this document contain the logic model of the Open Doors program, key staff members' resumes, and project-related correspondence and publicity materials.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Early Childhood Education, Enrichment Activities, Family Literacy, Family Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Homeless People, Innovation, Literacy Education, Models, Mothers, One Parent Family, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harris Family Foundation, Inc., Huntsville, AL.