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New York State Education Department: Even Start

New York State Education Department: Even Start

Onondaga-Madison BOCES/Children’s Consortium, Binghamton City, Syracuse City, Oswego County BOCES, Lafayette /Onondaga Nation, Wayne County Jail/Lyons Central Schools/Community Action Program

Even Start was  a comprehensive family literacy program requiring an annual local evaluation that entailed both a formative assessment of implementation of the model, ongoing review and analysis of data to monitor progress toward state defined indicators and benchmarks and a focused inquiry to determine impact for one or more specific cohorts of families.

Apter & O’Connor conducted numerous Even Start evaluations across Central New York utilizing qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods. An emphasis of Even Start is the need for family involvement and engagement which necessitates that the evaluations solicit family input and feedback throughout. Additionally, cultural sensitivity as well as cognizance of lower reading levels was of utmost importance for all evaluation methods and materials.