Family Programs Set

October 14, 1990

Carroll schools have received a $103,623 federal grant to begin a program that will educate and involve parents in their children's education.

The family centered program, called Even Start, will combine adult education, parenting education and early childhood education. Its purpose is to improve the basic skill levels of parents to enable them to serve as their children's first teacher and at the same time improve their own educational level.

"As much as we try at school, the real effect comes at home," said Pat Snowberger, career adviser for Carroll's Multi-Service Center. "As much as we try, we don't have that impact. We want the parent to become the child's first teacher."

She said the program will serve 50 families and their children, ages 1-7.

The four-year program will target the three elementary schools that feed into Francis Scott Key High School. The program will begin this year at Taneytown Elementary School. It will be expanded next year to include Westminster Elementary School.

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