ERIC Number: ED474490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Even Start Progress Report, 2001-2002.
Even Start programs integrate early childhood education, adult literacy or basic education, parenting education and support, and parent and child time together to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. This progress report describes the Even Start program in Colorado and presents evaluation findings from the 2001-2002 implementation year, findings from a follow-up study of the long-term effects of Even Start, and findings from local program evaluations related to educational gains of adults and children, parenting goals, families' self-sufficiency goals, and program cost effectiveness. Findings from the follow-up study of mothers and children who had attended the program during the past 9 years revealed that although 60 percent of mothers were employed at low-paying jobs and were struggling to meet their family's basic needs, the mothers read to their children regularly and helped them with homework, and their children's school performance was better than that of their classmates. Reductions in the percent of Even Start parents passing the GED exam or graduating from high school were attributed to state changes in GED testing. Over 90 percent of Even Start children in primary grades attended school 80 percent or more of the time. The percentage of Even Start children promoted to the next grade-level in the primary grades has remained at over 90 percent for 5 years. The percentages of parents of infants/preschoolers showing sustained evidence of desirable parenting skills increased over the past year. Family self-sufficiency gains included a greater percentage of employed parents and improvement in employment status. The average cost of serving an Even Start family increased over that of last year. The report's three appendices contain the 2001-2002 progress report data collection form, list the state performance measures, and provide contact information for each Colorado Even Start program. (Contains 21 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Early Intervention, Early Parenthood, Family Literacy, Family Support, Followup Studies, Literacy Education, Parent Education, Poverty, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Even Start Coordinator, Colorado Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6674; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdecare/evenstart.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado