ERIC Number: ED374888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Even Start Family Literacy Program Evaluation, Oklahoma City Public Schools: A National Diffusion Network Approved Program, Family Intergenerational-Interaction Literacy Model 1993-94.
Oklahoma City Univ., OK.
The Even Start Family Literacy Program, in its fourth year of operation, provides a literacy environment based on the Family Intergenerational-Interaction Literacy Model (FILM) in the southwest area of Oklahoma City. The FILM model is designed to provide a family literacy education program for parents, extended family, and their preschool children from culturally diverse environments who need education in both basic skills and parenting strategies. High school drop-outs and first-generation non-English-speaking immigrants are the target audience. Objectives of the program are to: (1) provide a safe environment where families can develop the education, economic, and social skills they need to plan and achieve long-range goals; and (2) empower families with the strategies needed to break out of the intergenerational cycle of under-education and poverty. An evaluation of the program was conducted, using a series of aptitude tests and interviews of the graduates of and participants in the project. The evaluation included--in addition to assessment of compliance with the basic national program requirements--activities aimed at determining the program's impact on the parent's literacy, home environment, parenting skills, and attitudes. An additional component was identifying the longitudinal progress of the preschool graduates as they entered educational settings. The evaluation found that: (1) parents' attitudes toward learning changed positively as a result of being involved for a consistent amount of time in Even Start; (2) parents made behavior changes and became more confident of their parenting knowledge base; (3) children's readiness for school and their social interaction and language improved; and (4) involvement in Even Start prepared preschool children for future success in school. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma City Univ., OK.