ERIC Number: ED427889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
National Evaluation of the Even Start Family Literacy Program: 1994-1997 Final Report.
Tao, Fumiyo; Gamse, Beth; Tarr, Hope
The Even Start Literacy Program addresses the basic educational needs of parents and children of low-income families by providing a unified program of: (1) adult basic or secondary education and literacy programs for parents; (2) assistance for parents to effectively promote their children's educational development; and (3) early childhood education for the children. This final report of the second national evaluation incorporates findings from interim analyses of data collected annually during the last 4 years as well as key findings from the first national evaluation to assess what aspects have changed and what have remained stable during the program's 8 years. Following an executive summary, the report's introduction examines program growth during the past 8 years and principles of the Even Start approach. The remaining chapters cover: (2) design and scope of the second national evaluation; (3) the needs of Even Start families; (4) what resources support the Even Start services; (5) what services Even Start projects provide to participants; (6) the extent to which Even Start families participate in the services provided; (7) educational and developmental outcomes; (8) findings from the two evaluations; and (9) conclusions. Findings include the following: (1) children achieved significant gains in cognitive development; (2) approximately 10 percent of adults attained a GED certificate while participating in Even Start in a given year; (3) service intensity, measured in hours of instructional services offered to participants, has increased steadily during the 4 years of the second evaluation; and (4) excluding families who left the program after having completed their goals, 60 percent of families in 1996-97 were continuing participation at the end of the program year (64 percent of new families; 54 percent of families continuing from previous years). The report's appendices include Even Start legislation, additional data tables, multivariate analyses in chapters 5 and 6, and additional information about the sample study. Contains 133 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Education, Participant Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs
U.S. Department of Education, Planning and Evaluation Service, Room 6W314, FOB6, Washington, DC 20202-8240; Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.ed.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Fu Associates, Ltd.; Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.