ERIC Number: ED424082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Even Start Projects Serving Migrant Families: Resource Guide.
Gonzales, Miriam; Goldstein, David; Stief, Elizabeth; Fiester, Leila; Weiner, Lisa; Waiters, Katrina
Even Start was created by federal legislation to address poverty and illiteracy among low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program. Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) projects resemble other Even Start projects but are affected by the special circumstances and needs of migrant families; 26 MEES projects have been funded since 1989 and 13 are currently operating. This resource guide offers steps, strategies, and tools for establishing and implementing a MEES project. Chapters cover: (1) unique characteristics and needs of migrant families; (2) the fundraising process, including typical application requirements; (3) designing and managing a project (assessing needs, establishing goals, choosing a project model, staffing, budgeting, involving parents); (4) locating, recruiting, and retaining migrant families in the project; (5) forming collaborative partnerships with other agencies serving migrant families; (6) curriculum development, instructional strategies, and assessment of participant progress; (7) professional development; and (8) project evaluation. A conclusion summarizes major ideas and strategies and recommends methods of capacity building--building strong effective projects that will continue beyond the 4-year funding cycle. Appendices include contact information for state Migrant Education Program directors, state Even Start coordinators, comprehensive regional assistance centers, and other migrant and family literacy resources; many sample forms; and legislative and regulatory text from the Federal Register. (Contains 44 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Strategies, Family Literacy, Family Needs, Family Programs, Grantsmanship, Migrant Adult Education, Migrant Education, Migrants, Parent Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Recruitment
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.