ERIC Number: ED447476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Book Loan Program for Inner-City Latino Families. CIERA Report.
Madrigal, Patricia; Cubillas, Camille; Yaden, David B., Jr.; Tam, Anamarie; Brassell, Danny
This report describes the design, implementation, and impact of a book loan program in an inner-city preschool where books were freely and easily available to low-income primarily Spanish-speaking families, most of whom are recent immigrants. Data collected included check-out frequency, book titles, student participation, and field notes of the interactions between project staff and families during book check-out. In one year, book check-out increased from an average of 1.5 to 16 books per day, with 70% of eligible children checking out books. Six of the eight most popular books are Spanish titles. Questionnaires and field notes indicated that immigrant parents typically place a high value on books. Large turnouts (100 parents) at the two parent receptions/reading demonstrations were concrete evidence of parents' commitment to supporting their children's learning. Findings suggest that the program's success can be attributed to accessibility and the content of the literacy materials (books on culturally appropriate topics and in Spanish). Contains 53 references, 1 table and 6 figures of data; appendixes contain a preliminary assessment tool and book loan program parent responses. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Childrens Libraries, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, Library Circulation, Low Income, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Material Selection, Reading Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor.