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The advent of welfare reform in the United States has provided new challenges in preparing adults to become economically self-sufficient. As one response to this challenge, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) in Louisville, Kentucky began the Family Independence Initiative in 1997 to promote family literacy as one solution for assisting families in reaching self-sufficiency. The NCFL has undertaken a 3-year project to design, establish, and evaluate pilot programs that will be used as models for family literacy programs serving welfare recipients. Working with five pilot family literacy programs, (in Canton, Ohio; McCormick, South Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Rochester, New York) the NCFL's purpose was to understand the factors that influence programs' capacity to serve welfare recipients and to document the processes programs used in adapting their services. Case studies were conducted on the pilot programs to analyze the ways in which these family literacy programs were working with local welfare offices. In adjusting their services, welfare recipients could continue their participation in family literacy programs while meeting the new requirements. Along with an analysis on the five cases, included is a cross-case analysis of the activities that these sites have undertaken in adapting their services to welfare reform requirements. (NKA)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Family Literacy, Low Income Groups, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform

Autor: Alamprese, Judith A.; Voight, Janet D.


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