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ERIC Number: ED474841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania's Family Literacy Programs: Results of a Statewide Evaluation, 1998-1999.
Van Horn, Barbara; Kassab, Cathy; Grinder, Elisabeth
A statewide evaluation indicated Pennsylvania's family literacy programs were meeting goals and providing family-centered, integrated educational services for eligible families. Findings indicated that family literacy programs recruited eligible and "most in need" families; enrolled families had young children; parents had limited formal schooling or limited English proficiency; families participated fully in the family literacy program and gained access to needed support services; generally, families participated in the program for nearly six months, during which parents and children participated in family activities; parents participated in adult basic and parent education, while their children participated in preschool and elementary education or developmentally appropriate child care; with help of family literacy staff, families received additional support services, as necessary; programs were successful in providing education leading to statistically significant improvements in adults' academic skills and significant changes in families' economic status; parents increased the number and types of literacy-related activities they participated in with their children; and programs appeared to have a positive impact on preschool children's readiness to learn and school-age children's success in school. Three broad areas for improving services were ongoing technical assistance and support; assistance in building effective local collaborations; and alternative delivery systems. (Appendixes include 21 tables and descriptions of assessment instruments.) (YLB)
For full text: racy/pafamlit.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania