ERIC Number: ED445129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Good Works: Highlights of a Study on the Center for Family Life.
This report summarizes findings from a comprehensive evaluation of the Center for Family Life (CFL) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York. CFL provides assessment and counseling, community-school programs, parent education workshops, adult employment programs, foster grandparent programs, neighborhood foster care programs, and a thrift shop. The evaluation examined CFL's origin, mission, services, participants, staff, and obstacles to success from 1993 to 1996. Data from surveys, interviews, and observations of a variety of CFL participants indicate that CFL leaders and staff have succeeded in translating much of its mission into operations. Results depict an institution that integrates various services and adapts to the changing needs of participating families. Parents, caregivers, and young people who spoke about their experiences with CFL typically endorsed the staff and their work and described a neighborhood institution that contributes to the well-being of community members of all ages. Interviews indicated that the CFL staff is committed to agency goals and approaches. Though only limited statistical analyses were possible on the effects of CFL programs on children and families, they indicate generally positive trends. The study notes considerable consensus among the groups closest to CFL (families, staff, and CFL leaders) about what the agency is and does. (SM)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Counseling, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Foster Care, Health Promotion, Outreach Programs, Parent Education, School Community Programs, Urban Programs
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Web site: www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY