ERIC Number: ED478472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Even Start Follow-Up Study: Trinidad State Junior College.
Even Start family literacy programs are integrated adult education, early childhood education, and parent support components intended to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low literacy. In Spring of 2002, a follow-up study of one Even Start project was conducted to assess the long-term effects of Even Start programming for families. Trinidad State Junior College Even Start, in operation for 9 years, was selected because it is the oldest continually operating Even Start program in Colorado. The 15 participating families averaged 138 hours of program participation and had been out of the program for an average of 3.5 years. Current teachers provided information on about 15 Even Start children and 15 randomly selected classmates. Findings indicated that 11 of the 12 Even Start mothers who enrolled in the program to earn a GED certificate had accomplished this goal. Sixty percent of the mothers had enrolled in an education or training program after passing the GED exam or improving their English skills. All the Even Start children were reading at or above grade level, compared to only 61 percent of comparison children reading at or above grade level. Teachers more frequently described Even Start parents than comparison parents as being involved in their childrens education. Sixty-seven percent of Even Start parents received public assistance, and 7 percent were employed while enrolled in the Even Start program, in comparison to only 40 percent public assistance receipt and 60 percent employment at followup. All but one family on public assistance at followup were receiving reduced amounts of financial support. (Appended are copies of the participant interview and the family stability matrix with tabulated data and a compilation of teachers' responses.) (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Employed Parents, Federal Programs, Followup Studies, Mothers, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Colorado Even Start, Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6725; Fax: 303-866-6940; Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us. 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