ERIC Number: ED446850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-12
Reference Count: N/A
Even Start and Family Literacy Programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Hearing before the Committee on Education and the Workforce. House of Representatives, 106th Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
In preparation for reauthorization of Even Start and other Federal education programs, these hearings transcripts recount testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce concerning the Even Start and family literacy programs. Testimony was presented by: (1) the president of the National Center for Family Literacy, giving an overview of family literacy concepts and outlining the components of a quality family literacy program; (2) the director of the National Institute for Literacy, discussing the importance of evaluations of the Even Start program and the use of instructional programs based on scientific research; (3) a state manager for the Even Start program, discussing the importance of flexible Federal legislation to allow states to accomplish their family literacy goals; and (4) other local literacy program administrators. The transcripts' nine appendices contain written testimony. The testimony indicated that family literacy programs may help undereducated parents gain the skills they need to become self-sufficient and to help their children through school; the positive impact of such programs on families suggests that they can be an important strategy for student success. Recommendations for evaluation of Even Start programs included examination of the adult education component and better application of research findings on learning to read to the intergenerational approach. Other issues discussed include the level of the federal funding match for Even Start following the initial 8 years, ways to improve attendance and retention rates, ways to strengthen workplace literacy programs, the role of faith-based organizations in Even Start, and Native American involvement in the program. (KB)
Descriptors: American Indians, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Financial Support, Hearings, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Young Children
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.