2009: Even Start

“Even Start Family Literacy Program Evaluation: Measuring Parental Involvement in Education”

for Even Start Family Learning Program

by Shayna Bauchner, Katie Hanna, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Holing Yip


This report is the final product of a semester-long collaborative study between a group of student researchers from Wesleyan University and the Middletown Adult Education Even Start Family Literacy Program (Even Start), an early child learning and adult education program in Middletown, Connecticut. Since Even Start is founded on a parent-child joint learning model, this study focuses primarily on the effects of the program on the parental involvement level of its former participants, with secondary foci on parent and child educational achievement after leaving Even Start.