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ERIC Number: ED479192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-15
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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A Developmental Evaluation of the Parent Services Project in Two New York Communities: Bushwick and Washington Heights.
Roberts, Lynn
This report describes how the Parent Services Project (PSP) is being implemented in the communities of Bushwick and Washington Heights/Inwood in New York City, focusing on the progress made and the challenges encountered in the first 18 months of the program's implementation. Information for the report was obtained through on-site observations as well as informal conversations, interviews, and focus groups conducted with parents and child care staff involved in the two sites. The following key themes generated by the data are highlighted: (1) staff and parents embraced the PSP philosophy of family engagement and community empowerment; (2) PSP activities were determined by the parents themselves, including deciding how program funds were to be spent; (3) PSP benefited parents by increasing social support, by providing opportunities to improve their parenting skills, by increasing access to community services, and by addressing language barriers that affect participation in centers and community life; (4) PSP staff sought to engage fathers and desired more male involvement in the program; (5) staff were committed to building coalitions while recognizing that doing so was a tremendous challenge and a slow process; (6) parents wanted more computer training and job preparation services from the program; and (7) barriers to PSP implementation included coordination of activities across sites, the timeliness of resource dissemination, and organizational turf issues. The report also details program evaluation for which staff indicated they would like information, including changes in parenting styles, impact on children, changes in the community, how well the coalitions work, and impact on fathers. The report concludes with a discussion of the logistical issues in conducting the evaluation. The interview and focus group questions are appended. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)