ERIC Number: ED438917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Even Start. 1998-1999 Progress Report.
Even Start programs integrate early childhood education, adult literacy or basic education, parenting education and support, and parent and child time to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. This report describes the Even Start program in Colorado, and includes evaluation questions and methods. The report presents evaluation findings from the second 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, and to increased tax revenues from parents' employment. Key findings of the program evaluations include: (1) the number of families served by Even Start increased by 56 percent; (2) 61 percent of families speak English as a second language; (3) 100 percent of teen parents enrolled as seniors in high school graduated, compared to a 72 percent graduation rate for all Colorado seniors; (4) 38 percent of all parents seeking a GED or high school diploma achieved their goal; (5) 57 percent of ESL parents advanced in their English skills; (6) 82 percent of infants and toddlers and 85 percent of preschoolers were functioning at age-appropriate levels of development; (7) 74 percent of primary school children demonstrated academic performance that was at or above their grade level; and (8) 39 percent of parents improved their employment status. The report concludes with recommendations for future steps toward improving Even Start in Colorado. Statistics from the Colorado Even Start 1998-99 Progress Report are appended. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado