ERIC Number: ED385950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
School-Agency-Community Partnerships: What Is the Early Impact on Student School Performance?
California's Healthy Start initiative, begun in 1991, awards grants to local groups of schools and public and private organizations to collaboratively plan and implement strategies to integrate services for children and families, which are provided at or through the school. This paper presents findings of a study that examined whether participation in the Healthy Start program contributed to improved educational performance, specifically, as indicated by students' grade-point averages (GPAs). The school records of 268 students were reviewed for the years 1991-92 and 1992-93. Student performance before and after program participation was compared. To identify the contribution of services to changes in students' GPAs, four separate analyses were conducted for each of the four types of educational services--tutoring, counseling, advocacy, and parent education. Findings indicate that educationally oriented services contributed to small gains in school performance even after relatively short-term participation in those services. Students from families who needed basic assistance (food, clothing) were less likely to achieve gains than were students from families with fewer needs. The provision of basic-needs services through Healthy Start helped to reduce barriers to learning presented by deficits in such basics as food and clothing. The Healthy Start program had positive education effects for children and families, although effects at this early stage were small and often not statistically significant when differences between students were controlled. Eight tables and two figures are included. Appendices contain an overview of data-collection methods and a list of related reports. (Contains nine references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agency Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Human Services, Integrated Services, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, School Health Services, Social Services
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California