ERIC Number: ED464709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Learning from Starting Points: Findings from the Starting Points Assessment Project.
In 1994, the Carnegie Corporation called for an action agenda to promote responsible parenthood, guarantee quality child care choice, ensure good health and protection, and mobilize communities to support young children and families. In 1996, the Corporation created the Starting Points grant program to encourage states and communities to address the challenges posed by its earlier report. In 1999, the National Center for Children in Poverty was asked to undertake the Starting Points Assessment Project, a descriptive assessment of the initiative. This report documents the findings of the Starting Points Assessment Project. The report is organized in three sections. Section 1 provides an overview of the role of the Carnegie Corporation in the Starting Points initiative and of its implementation, describes the major activities carried out at each site, and describes the assessment project. Section 2 is the cross-site analysis, offering a systematic overview of the variation among the sites in terms of the political and policy context, the implementation approaches, the site-specific and initiative-specific mediators that influenced what occurred at the site, and the impact and outcomes. Section 3 distills the key lessons of the initiative and highlights their implications for future public and private funders. The report's two appendices include a format for the draft final progress reports for Starting Point grantees and selected state demographic and policy indicators. (Contains 19 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Community Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Social Services, Young Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032 ($5). Tel: 212-304-7100; Fax: 212-544-4200; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nccp.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty.