ERIC Number: ED415332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Community Catalyst. School of the Future: Austin.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health created the School of the Future (SoF) project to enable selected Texas schools to coordinate and implement school-based social and health services on their campuses and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method of service delivery by evaluating the project. The projects, each of which involved a middle school and one or two feeder elementary schools, were organized in low-income urban areas. In Austin the chosen site was in a new, recently developed, working-class neighborhood, where residents, although low-income, did not qualify for public assistance. Because there were few community resources, neighbors turned to the schools for help. This report focuses on the Austin experience and the preschool and parenting programs associated with the school. Three major programs are based in one school or the other: (1) Parents as Teachers, a parent education program for first-time parents with young children; (2) Head Start; and (3) the Widen Health Center. A fourth program, a family resource center, serves the same population from a community rather than a school base. An unusual aspect of the SoF program in Austin is that, as funding from the Hogg Foundation comes to an end, no single service or group has tried to take over the project. Instead, it is continuing with a collaboration of schools, independent agencies, and concerned residents. In this way, the program represents genuine community strength. (SLD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Community Involvement, Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Family Programs, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Education, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Urban Schools
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, c/o Publications Office, The University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998; phone: 512-471-5041; fax: 512-471-9608.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)