ERIC Number: ED426791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
First Steps toward School Success: Promising Practices in Even Start Family Projects Serving Infants and Toddlers and Their Families.
Nathanson, Sara; Stief, Elizabeth; Marzke, Carolyn; O'Brien, Eileen
The federally funded Even Start Family Literacy Program supports local family-centered education projects intended to help families with young children break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. This report documents the efforts of nine Even Start projects that demonstrate promising practices in serving infants and toddlers and their families. The criteria used to select projects included: (1) evidence of practices grounded in developmentally appropriate models for infants and toddlers; (2) project maturity of at least 3 years; (3) annual, per-family operating costs of less than $5,000; (4) evidence of relationships with other organizations or service providers to enhance and sustain services for infants and toddlers and their families; (5) evidence of positive outcomes for families served; and (6) intensity of services provided to infants and toddlers. Chapters are: (1) background for the study; (2) early childhood education for infants and toddlers in the nine projects; (3) the projects' work in parenting education; (4) comprehensive services across the nine projects; (5) contextual factors that shape service delivery in the nine projects; (6) local evaluation and outcomes in the nine projects; and (7) policy recommendations. Appendices present profiles of the nine case study sites and supplemental quality indicators for Even Start family literacy projects serving infants and toddlers. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.