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ERIC Number: EJ794810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Design, Implementation, and Outcomes of a School Readiness Program for Diverse Families
Pelletier, Janette; Corter, Carl
School Community Journal, v15 n1 p89-116 Spr-Sum 2005
This study describes the design, implementation, and outcomes of a school-based readiness program for prekindergarten children (4-year-olds) and their families. The program was designed on the basis of a collaborative model of university-school partnership, and the program itself featured relationship-building between families and schools. The research examined the implementation of the readiness program across sites and examined potential outcomes by following the children into kindergarten. Results on implementation showed that parents' goals differed according to whether families spoke English as a first or second language and that teachers' goals evolved over time to emphasize partnership rather than direct instruction. Results also suggested that directly assessed outcomes were tied to the quality of interactions among teachers, parents, and children, as well as to other aspects of program quality that varied across sites. Direct outcome measures also revealed differences between child participants and a comparison group who did not participate in the school-based readiness program and between families who spoke English as a first or second language. The interpretation of the findings on implementation and outcomes is discussed from the standpoint of methodological alternatives to randomized, control experiments. A case is made for examining multiple measures that tap context and process variables that may mediate and moderate connections between programs and outcomes. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A