ERIC Number: ED374884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Increasing Parental Involvement in the Preschool Program by Offering Alternative Communication Strategies between Parents and School Staff.
This practicum was designed to improve communication between the mostly low-income, Hispanic parents and the non-Hispanic staff of a school-based preschool program. Parents of the program's 20 children were surveyed to determine what factors might encourage their participation in school functions. Parents were also interviewed by telephone and in person at an "open house" meeting at the school. The needs assessment found that many parents would require transportation, child care, evening meetings, or a Spanish-speaking interpreter to participate. Three parent workshops were conducted, covering such topics as child development, community resources for parents, and the selection of toys for preschoolers. The practicum led to a significant increase in parent participation at the school, with a majority of the parents participating in at least two of the three workshops. (Eleven appendices contain a contact log, parent survey, English- and Spanish-language fliers advertising school events and the workshops, and workshop handouts. Contains 27 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southern University.