ERIC Number: ED378411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Washington State Even Start 1993-1994: Final Evaluation. A Report to the Office of Adult Literacy.
Iglitzin, Lynne; Wandschneider, Mary
All 18 Washington State Even Start sites participated in the program's evaluation. Site coordinators administered the assessment and evaluation measures to the adults served by the program and to teachers working with children at both entry and exit from the program. An indepth study was conducted of 134 families for whom there were complete sets of entry/exit data: literacy scores, competency levels, parenting interview, and parent or teacher questionnaire on child behavior. Findings indicated the following: gains were made in reading, writing, and math; almost one-third of parents obtained the General Educational Development certificate; almost one-third became employed; and over one-third enrolled in another academic or vocational program. Parents reported the following: they read more often to their children; participated in more activities with their children; understood more readily that children learn better through play; spent more time talking with children about concepts and ideas; involved themselves more in their child's school; volunteered at school more often; and participated more often in the school's parent organizations. The children increased social skills, ability to understand another person's speech, ability to use large and small muscles, and self-esteem and self-help skills. Suggestions were made to strengthen evaluation of family literacy programs. (Appendixes include demographics, evaluation guidelines, and assessment intake and exit measures.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, At Risk Persons, Basic Skills, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Involvement, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, State Programs, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
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