ERIC Number: ED474841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Community Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Economic Status, Educational Cooperation, Family Literacy, Family School Relationship, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Technical Assistance
For full text: http://www.pafamilyliteracy.org/pafamilyliteracy/lib/pafamilylite racy/pafamlit.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania