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To investigate the initial experiences of the various Even Start programs in Ohio following approval and funding, a project developed a survey instrument and sent it to Even Start program directors. The survey asked directors open-ended questions aimed at getting a general description of each program and a discussion of the issues and concerns that the programs had to deal with in the initial stages. Eight programs responded. In general, directors believed they experienced significant challenges and difficulties in initiating programs. Considerable overlap was found in the types of activities seen as essential to successful initiation of the projects, including the following: hiring staff, selecting and preparing sites and purchasing equipment and essential materials, coordinating with other agencies, introducing the program to the community, and identifying and recruiting potential clients for the program. Problems were encountered in the following areas: site and staff selection, staff orientation and training, coordinating with and gaining the cooperation of related agencies, finding appropriate materials for the program, perceived unrealistic expectations and lack of support and guidance from the federal agency, and recruitment and retention of parents. Collaboration was recommended with other Even Start projects and family literacy personnel, within the program, and within the communities; being realistic about program goals was suggested. (The instrument is appended.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Early Childhood Education, Educational Cooperation, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Recruitment, State Programs

Autor: Rasinski, Timothy; Padak, Nancy


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