ERIC Number: ED376952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
A Report to the Minnesota Legislature on the Way To Grow/School Readiness Program.
Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Evaluation Section.
This report examines the Way to Grow (WTG) school readiness program, which is designed to promote healthy development and school readiness of Minnesota children from birth through age 6 by coordinating and improving access to community-based health, education, and social services. This pilot program began in fiscal year 1990 and was being implemented in five communities in 1993, including Minneapolis, St. Paul-Frogtown, Columbia Heights, St. Cloud, and Winona. The main features and funding levels of the five programs are discussed. An evaluation of the five programs is also described, noting that: the vast majority of parents considered WTG to be beneficial to their families; the program increased levels of parent involvement in school activities; and use of child health and developmental screening increased. The report recommends that the WTG program be expanded beyond a pilot program, with increased state funding. It also calls for increased interagency collaboration, the creation of multidisciplinary advisory councils for each program, and a sensitivity to cultural differences and accessibility. (MDM)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Health, Community Programs, Coordination, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Health Services, Home Visits, Human Services, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Readiness, Social Services, State Aid, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Evaluation Section.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota