ERIC Number: ED403370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Latino Families: Lessons from Exemplary Programs. Volumes I and II.
This report highlights 11 family support programs that are serving one of the fastest growing groups in the United States--the Latino population. The programs described in this report differ from each other in terms of their structures and the types of families and communities served. They represent a range of geographic areas and vary in terms of sponsorship, goals, and services offered. In 1990, Latinos comprised only 9% of the total U.S. population, a figure that is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. About 90% of Latinos live in urban areas and face the common challenges of urban life. After a discussion of data collection and analysis, the report considers program design and implementation, reviewing: (1) program approaches; (2) context; (3) goals; (4) strategies; and (5) outcomes. A consideration of the lessons learned from these programs makes it apparent that success depends on the fit between program philosophies and goals, the cultural sensitivity the program displays, the participation encouraged in the community, program flexibility, and the match between needs and services. An appendix presents brief profiles of the 11 programs. An abstract and the appendix are included in Spanish. Volume 1 contains 2 tables and 27 references. Volume II includes in-depth profiles of the following programs: (1) Advance Family Support and Education Program, San Antonio (Texas); (2) Bushwick Family Support Center of Family Dynamics, Inc., Brooklyn (New York); (3) Families in Partnership, Albuquerque (New Mexico); (4) Circulo de la Vida Familiar, Boulder County (Colorado); (5) Family Focus Nuestra Familia, Chicago (Illinois); (6) Family Visitor Program, Glenwood Springs (Colorado); (7) Florida First Start Program, Dade County; (8) Fruitvale Head Start Program, Oakland (California); (9) Betances Family Resource Center, La Casa de Puerto Rico, Hartford (Connecticut); (10) The Naranjo Migrant Child Development Center, The Foundation Center, Courtland (California); and (11) Project Early, Kansas City (Missouri). (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Data Collection, Family Programs, Hispanic Americans, Needs Assessment, Participation, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Social Services, Spanish Speaking, Urban Areas, Urban Problems
Harvard Family Research Project, 38 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2357 ($14.95 for 2-volume set).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.