Inkster Family Literacy Movement: Year Three Evaluation Report

Inkster Family Literacy Movement
Implementing Organization: 
Starfish Family Services
United Way of Southeastern Michigan

The Starfish Family Services Inkster Family Literacy Movement (IFLM) focuses on improving the language and cognitive development, and communication skills of young children in Inkster, MI through community engagement and campaigns, and a coordinated continuum of family literacy programs, services and events. 

This report gives an overview of the internal evaluation (focused on program metrics) and an external evaluation that consisted of a survey, focus groups, staff interviews and quasi-experimental design of the Children Observation Record (COR) Advantage assessment given to all children enrolled in Head Start through Starfish Family Services. 

The study found that:

  • IFLM met targets for programming and participants were satisfied with their experience, although coordination with partners could be improved; and
  • Data from Year 2 indicated that IFLM participants who also participated in Starfish Head Start scored higher on kindergarten readiness assessments when compared to non-Inkster Head Start children.
Due to difficulties with evaluation planning and implementation, the full impact evaluation was not able to be conducted as intended. 
CNCS Program(s): 
Social Innovation Fund
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Age(s) Studied: 
0-5 (Early childhood)
Outcomes Category(s): 
School Readiness
Study Type(s): 
Study Design(s): 
Quasi-Experimental (QED)
Level of Evidence: 
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
Year Published: 
Date Posted Online: 
September 13, 2017
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