ERIC Number: ED450964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Even Start Progress Report, 1999-2000.
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 third year of implementation of a system of coordinated local evaluations, with both quantitative findings and family stories to illustrate the educational and self-sufficiency gains made by Even Start families. Key findings of the program evaluation include the following: (1) family participation has steadily increased over the preceding 3 years, with 63 percent of parents attending 80 percent or more of program activities; (2) 35 percent of parents seeking to pass the GED exam did so; (3) 84 percent of Even Start teen parents enrolled in high school stayed in school; (4) the percentage of Even Start parents graduating from English as a Second Language classes and moving into adult basic education classes increased over the preceding 3 years; (5) 95 percent of Even Start infants and toddlers and 85 percent of preschoolers were functioning at age-appropriate levels; (6) 80 percent of preschoolers were enrolled in early childhood education; (7) the percentage of parents who improved their employment status increased each year over the preceding 3 years; and (8) almost $145,000 in taxes were saved by a decrease in the amount of assistance Even Start families qualified for and received this year. The report concludes with recommendations for improving Even Start in Colorado. Appendices provide summary data from the 1999-2000 progress report and a directory of Colorado Even Start programs. (Contains 13 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Early Parenthood, Elementary School Students, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Parent Education, Parents, Poverty, Preschool Children, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Colorado Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203; Tel: 303-866-6674. For full text: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdecare/evenstart.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado