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ERIC Number: EJ918176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Family Literacy Funding Reductions and Work-First Welfare Policies: Adaptations and Consequences in Family Literacy Programs
Prins, Esther; Gungor, Ramazan
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v5 n1 p15-25 Spr 2011
This article examines the consequences of two concurrent policy changes for family literacy programs in Pennsylvania: (1) the transition from federal (Even Start) to state funding and (2) the elimination of adult education as a work activity for welfare recipients over 22 years of age. Using qualitative data from 10 family literacy programs, the article shows how the two policies triggered a cascade of changes in areas such as enrollment, recruitment, student composition, use of staff time, and interagency collaboration; and how professionals adapted to these changes. The study provides a nuanced understanding of how state- and local-level actors' responses to policy shape day-to-day operations in family literacy programs. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania