ERIC Number: ED410027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on First Graders.
Schwartz, Shari S.
The result of a collaboration between the El Paso, Texas, school district and community agencies, the Focus on First Graders program provides early intervention and prevention using a comprehensive approach to providing a variety of services at the school to at-risk first graders from low income families. Teachers and parents were surveyed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Specific elements of the program were assessed, including Family Intervention, agency counseling, tutoring, Learning Trolley, and parenting classes. Teachers indicated that most of them knew of the program and indicated benefits students received from each program element, training that could be included in the program, and suggestions for greater program effectiveness. Success stories about students who benefited from the program were also provided. Teachers also rated how much particular students had improved on a variety of problem indicators; results suggest that some improvement was seen in at least 70 percent of the students on nearly all behaviors. Results also indicate that retention rates have dropped in schools using the intervention program. The 63 parents who responded to the program effectiveness survey indicated that the program had helped them understand and work better with their children, that staff had been helpful, and that the program had increased their involvement in their children's education. A pamphlet, "Focus on First Graders: Strengthening First Graders and Their Families = En foque En los ninos de primer ano" (in English and Spanish) is included. (JPB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Grade Repetition, Grade 1, High Risk Students, Low Income, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parenting Skills, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Special Needs Students
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: El Paso Independent School District, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (El Paso)