ERIC Number: EJ1065270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
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Parent Educators in Early Intervention: Insights from Evaluations
Edwards, Nicole Megan; Gallagher, Peggy A.
Infants and Young Children, v27 n3 p220-240 Jul-Sep 2014
In 1 state's Part C early intervention (EI) program, families are afforded a unique opportunity to connect with parent educators (PEs), parents of children who have received EI services, and who are trained to support EI families and staff with a range of tailored duties. In an effort to continually reflect and improve upon the role of PEs, the authors conduct an annual PE program evaluation with input from 4 groups of stakeholders including EI coordinators, service coordinators, parents in EI, and the PEs themselves. Findings from 3 consecutive annual evaluations are presented in this article. Although there continues to be primarily positive feedback and appreciation for the PE model, the evaluation process allows certain areas in need of improvement to be acknowledged and subsequently addressed. Considerations for evaluating a statewide initiative as well as incorporating a PE model are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Parent Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Coordinators, Parent Surveys, Adult Educators, Stakeholders, Annual Reports, Feedback (Response), Models, Program Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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