[Reading-For-Healthy-Families] RFHF: Year 1 Evaluation online!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Sep 1 09:20:06 PDT 2009

The Year 1 evaluation of RFHF by NPC Research in now online: http://tiny.cc/Cvxvz 
Congratulations on the wonderful work you are doing, we are already starting to see results!
NPC Research found that families receiving RFHF early literacy education from Healthy Start family support workers reported a significant increase in telling stories or talking with their children about daily activities compared to families who did not receive RFHF early literacy education. As you know, telling stories and talking about daily activities develops vocabulary and narrative skills, two of the six early literacy skills children need to learn to read.
This may not seem like big results, but note that NPC Research used data collected in May to write this report.  In May few of you had fulfilled your commitment of providing early literacy education to 15 families.  In May, many of the Healthy Start families who received early literacy education from you had not been assessed for progress because assessments only take place when children are a certain age.  Imagine, if the little data we have already shows your work is having a positive impact on children and families, what will that impact on your community after you've trained your 15 families? And, when those children start kindergarten! 
Thank you all for your commitment to children and families, early literacy education, and Reading for Healthy Families.
Katie Anderson 
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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