ERIC Number: ED418827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Monongalia County Schools, Even Start Family Literacy Program. Monongalia County Even Start Program. Parents Are Their Children's First and Most Important Teachers.
Meehan, Merrill L.
The Monongalia County (West Virgina) Even Start Program begun in 1993 to address family literacy and to prepare children for entrance into school, consists of three interrelated approaches: adult education, parenting education, and early childhood education. In June 1996, the program was serving 62 families (mostly low-income) with an average of 2.2 children. The unique feature of the Monongalia program is that it is mainly a rural, home-based program--home visits are the primary service delivery mechanism. This detailed evaluation of the program covers the years 1994-96. The introduction includes the history of the national Even Start program, including its emphasis on families, services to eligible families, and the first and second national evaluations; site specifics, approach, and interagency collaboration of the Monongalia program; objectives of the evaluation; and audience. The section on methodology addresses national evaluation population characteristics, the Monongalia sample study, data collection techniques (adult and child), and the data analysis process. Program component findings cover program model, recruitment, home visits, early childhood education, adult education, parenting education, interagency collaboration, evaluation, and staff development. Among the participants' educational and developmental outcomes, the program was found to have a tremendous impact on school readiness; large impact on adult reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and parenting; and some impact on children's auditory comprehension, expressive communication, and total language development. Recommendations relate to program continuation, improvements, and evaluations. Contains 20 references. Appendices include 1995-1996 program statistics, the home visit report sheet, the innovation configuration matrix (program evaluation model), a staff self-assessment report; and the completed program evaluation standards checklist. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.