ERIC Number: ED402493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Parents and Preschoolers: Literacy Partners (Keys for Kids), Fiscal Year 1995-1996.
Rettinger, Georgina S.
In an effort to recruit more adults in the 18-25 age group, the Greenville Literacy Council of Greenville, Pennsylvania, developed the Keys for Kids program, which was designed to teach young parents to foster emergent literacy skills in their preschoolers and thereby improve their own literacy skills. An 8-week training program was developed to help parents use emergent literacy activities with their children while practicing their own literacy skills. Parents of preschoolers were recruited through news articles, radio advertisements, school fliers, and telephone contacts. The program was delivered and evaluated in four school districts. The approach of recruiting parents as teachers of their preschoolers proved quite successful. Although those participants who agreed to be tested exceeded the established benchmark of progress, too few participants agreed to be tested for the test results to be declared significant. The project was successful in getting most participants to alter their lifestyles and improve their own reading and writing skills by using emergent literacy activities regularly with their children. (Appendixes constituting approximately 75% of this document contain the following: Keys for Kids curriculum guide, including lesson plans for 16 class sessions and supplemental plans for parents with higher-level skills; recruitment materials; and the end-of-project survey instrument.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Curriculum Guides, Emergent Literacy, Family Literacy, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Parent Education, Parents, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Student Recruitment, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Greenville Literacy Council, PA.