ERIC Number: ED472750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania's Family Literacy Programs: Results of a Statewide Evaluation, 1999-2000.
Van Horn, Barbara; Kassab, Cathy; Grinder, Elisabeth
Pennsylvania's family literacy programs were subjected to a statewide evaluation in 1999-2000. Data were collected through focus groups with parents, a survey of staff in community agencies and organizations, and analyses of program data and the findings of selected assessments administered to adults and children involved in the program. Pennsylvania's family literacy programs were credited with improving adult participants' basic skills and helping them achieve personal goals, enabling their children to meet parents' expectations, helping parents to support their children's literacy development, and giving families access to support services. The children of participating parents entered school ready to learn and were successful in school. However, program impacts on family economic status were mixed. Selected recommendations were as follows: (1) have family literacy providers identify and address changes in their communities that affect delivery of family literacy services; (2) provide family literacy with continued assistance in building effective local collaborations that move beyond simple referral services; (3) have providers identify and implement strategies to increase parents' and their children's participation in family literacy services; and (4) support the family literacy professional development and program improvement systems. (Twenty-five tables/figures/boxes are included. Appendixes present statistical notes for the tables; descriptions of the adult education and early childhood assessment instruments; and eight references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Children, Community Programs, Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Family Financial Resources, Family Life, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Human Services, Intergenerational Programs, Learning Readiness, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Participation, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, Skill Development, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Summer Programs, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients, Working Poor
For full text: http://www.pafamilyliteracy.org/pafamilyliteracy/lib/pafamilylite racy/pafam_02.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania