ERIC Number: ED428869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Even Start. 1997-1998 Progress Report.
Even Start programs integrate early childhood education, adult literacy or basic education, parenting education and support, and parent and child time together to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. This report describes the Even Start program in Colorado, including evaluation questions and methods. The report also presents evaluation results from the first year of implementation of a system of coordinated local evaluations, with both quantitative results and family stories to illustrate the educational and self-sufficiency gains made by Even Start families. The report includes a cost-benefit analysis comparing the cost of providing Even Start services to the amount of money saved by a decrease in educational and social services needed by and provided to families. Key findings include: (1) 100 percent of Event Start teen parents enrolled in high school stayed in high school, with 50 percent graduating; (2) 19 percent of all Even Start parents earned a GED or high school diploma; (3) 67 percent of Even Start children in primary grades demonstrated academic performance at or above grade level; (4) 24 percent of Even Start parents improved their employment status; and (5) almost $60,000 in tax dollars were saved by a decrease in the services Even Start families received. The report concludes with recommendations for future steps toward improving Even Start in Colorado. Two appendices contain the evaluation instrument completed by local programs for the state-level evaluation and a description of the assessment instruments used in the evaluation. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado