Pathway to Literacy: Detroit Parent Network - Final Evaluation Report

Program/Intervention: 
Pathways to Literacy
Implementing Organization: 
The Detroit Parent Network
Intermediary(s): 
United Way of Southeastern Michigan
Summary: 

The Detroit Parent Network Pathways to Literacy (PTL) project sought to improve the literacy skills of children aged 1.5 – 5.5 years in low-income communities of Detroit, Michigan.

This report provides an overview of the project activities, participants, data collection, and some assessments collected for the duration of the project (2013-2015).

Findings:

  • The program was monitored for fidelity through its Usability (pilot) Phase, Formative Phase, and Full Implementation Phase.
  • Preliminary outcomes showed greater average improvement on language and literacy scores for PTL students than non-PTL students.
  • Preliminary outcomes also showed greater average improvement for adults reading with children in the PTL program than those not in the program.

This study terminated earlier than anticipated, before a stronger level of evidence (as was intended) could be reached.

CNCS Program(s): 
Social Innovation Fund
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Youth Development (SIF)
Age(s) Studied: 
0-5 (Early childhood)
Outcomes Category(s): 
School Readiness
K-12 Success
Study Type(s): 
Impact
Implementation
Outcomes
Study Design(s): 
Experimental (RCT)
Level of Evidence: 
Preliminary
Evaluator: 
Evaluation Strategies
Year Published: 
2015
Date Posted Online: 
January 17, 2017
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