ERIC Number: ED422417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
SUCCESS Program Planning/Evaluation Report for 1996-97.
Sallade, Ronald; Connet, Margaret Jensen; Wells, Nancy
The SUCCESS Program of the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools provides employment, health, mental health, and social services in a comprehensive "one-stop shopping" manner at the most accessible location for children and youth, the public school that they attend. During the 1995-96 school year, the strategies of the SUCCESS program were delivered to families at seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and two alternative high schools. Program funds, which totaled $1,560,802, were derived from the Iowa Department of Education, the private sector, and the school district. The SUCCESS Program includes the United Way of Central Iowa as a partner in developing a collaborative effort to offer services to children, youth, and their families. Any student who is not mastering basic skills, or who seems to be at-risk, may be self-referred to the center, or may be referred by a school staff member or community service agency member. The case management model that is used provides caring, committed human service professionals to assist families. Evaluation of the SUCCESS program indicates that the program contributed directly to the accomplishment of the district mission by serving a diverse population of students, strengthening the qualities of the family that enhance learning, and by reducing those factors that interfere with learning. The program's most prominent strengths are in its ability to provide intensive services, improve use of community resources, identify unmet needs, and communicate program outcomes to funders and other interested parties. Over 90% of the families who received case management services made progress toward achieving the goals that they developed in their individual case plans. Future plans for the program are discussed. (Contains eight tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Independent Community School District, IA. Dept. of School Improvement.