ERIC Number: ED419828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
ASPIRE: An Even Start Program of Communities in Schools. Final Evaluation Report, Year 3, 1996-97. Publication Number 96.20.
Jacobvitz, Deborah; Crosby, Danielle; Wooley, John; Smith, Ralph
The 1996-97 school year marked the third year of a 4-year grant from the Texas Education Agency's Division of Adult and Community Education for funding the ASPIRE/Even Start program operated by Communities In Schools-Central Texas Inc. (CIS). The broad purpose of Even Start is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in families by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families with young children through an integrated program of early childhood education, adult literacy training, and parenting skills education. In 1996-97, the ASPIRE program served 77 families at 2 locations. The evaluation team, which was assembled before the start of the third program year, met with the program coordinator several times throughout the year. Measures for determining the effectiveness of the program included observations, interviews, portfolio examination, and curricular review. Evaluators found that the program provides a diverse array of services, and that these services are carefully tailored to meet the needs of individual families, with the needs and progress of families carefully tracked and modifications made as needed. Mothers experienced an impressive reduction in stress due to child characteristics and child rearing. ASPIRE encourages the literacy and language skills of both children and parents. Recommendations are made for program improvement, including promoting more participation by fathers. Three appendixes contain the early childhood program description, parent education modules, and parenting stress index scales. (Contains six tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Accountability, Student Services, and Research.