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ERIC Number: ED408095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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Comprehensive School-Based Services: Making a Difference for Children and Families.
Allen, Sharon M.; And Others
Early intervention programs have been designed to improve the educational chances for at-risk or poor children who are more likely than middle class children to come from families lacking characteristics that contribute to children's educational success. This study used an ethnographic orientation to evaluate the impact of the South Dakota Head Start/Public School Transition Demonstration Project on poor children and their families. The demonstration group was composed of children and families who received comprehensive Head Start-like services in addition to educational services, and the comparison group consisted of children and families who received only educational services. Eight family service coordinators maintained routine contacts with families and schools and provided services directly to families or through referral to other agencies. Comprehensive services included health, parent involvement, social, and educational services related to transition from preschool to the public elementary school. Data were collected in the spring of each year since 1993 from 200 of the 425 children in 2 cohorts who have received services. Data were also collected through structured interviews and participant observation. Results indicated that children's health, school attendance, and home situations have improved. Parents and caregivers have been empowered, have become more involved in their children's education, have improved interactions with school personnel, and have become more comfortable in the schools. (Contains about 67 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota