ERIC Number: ED416954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-3
Reference Count: N/A
Families First. Final Report.
Bounds, Betsy; Gould, Albert
A model program was developed and implemented by the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona to establish a family-school partnership to improve the educational achievement of at-risk preschool students. Program participants included 411 at-risk students, 405 families, and 25 staff members. The program, entitled Families First, provided inservice training for teachers and professional staff, training for parents and families, support networks for parents, direct parent involvement in the schools, and summer programs over the course of 3 years. An evaluation of the program found that the majority of participating parents had realistically high expectations for their children, that increasing numbers of parents became involved in their children's education, that nearly half of the parents implemented educational recommendations for their children at home, that children have made statistically significant gains in achievement, and that teachers and professional staff have become more proficient in working with at-risk students and their families. (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Demonstration Programs, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Inservice Education, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parents, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Activities, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tucson Unified School District, AZ.