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Eastside Promise Comparative Research

Eastside Promise Comparative Research

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Promise Neighborhood Initiative |
San Antonio EastsidePromise NeighborhoodInitiative
 Working toward building a stronger community andimproving educational outcomes 
May 2011Trinity University: Urban Education 4391:3Jaclyn Bays, Sheila Castle, Erin Dunk, David Nikaido, Charlie Mitchell
 
 
Promise Neighborhood Initiative |
Table of Contents
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY3ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 5INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………………..………..…….6METHODOLOGY…………………………………………………………………………………..………….….7THEMATIC FINDINGS, ANALYSES, & IMPLICATIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS………….….………….8SOCIAL CAPITAL……………………………………………………………………….……………..8PARENT EDUCATION………………………………………………………………….…..….……...9EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION……………………………………..…………………………10AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING………………………………………...………………….…….12CRIME, SAFETY, & RECREATION SPACES……………………………..…………………..……13PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT………………………………………..………………….…………...15CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………………………....…………..17REFERENCES……………………………………………………………..…………………...……………..19APPENDICES: REVIEWS OF RELEVANT LITERATURE………………………………….....…………….21Influence of Neighborhood and Community on Educational Outcomes……………………………….21Out-of-School Time……………………………………………………………………………………..32Behavioral Readiness……………………………………………………………………………………42Influence of Health & Access to Care on Academic Success………………………………………..….48The Importance of Early Childhood Education………………………………………………………….59
 
 
Promise Neighborhood Initiative |
 Executive Summary
 
The San Antonio Eastside Promise Neighborhood is a federally funded communityinitiative intended to identify factors that affect academic success and to design a plan to createa continuum of solutions to improve educational outcomes in schools throughout the area. Asa collaboration of several entities including the City of San Antonio, San Antonio IndependentSchool District, San Antonio Housing Authority, United Way of San Antonio, TrinityUniversity, and others, the Initiative is currently operating with funding provided by a one-year federal planning grant. Our team worked under the direction of Dr. Christine Drennon, head of the Urban Studies Department at Trinity University and research director of the Initiative. We principally assisted with data collection, reviews of relevant literature, and data analyses. Our team specifically focused on qualitative data, with the aim of better understanding the uniquestrengths and needs of the Eastside community with respect to fostering an environment that will prepare children well for success in school and in future endeavors.Our data collection process consisted of conducting small focus groups with parents,youth, and community members. These groups were discussion-based, led by facilitators, andaimed to address questions such as whether families’ needs can be met within the neighborhood,and what challenges children face in successfully completing high school. Most groups wereconducted in English, with a few conducted in Spanish. Each group was tape recorded and noteswere taken of the discussions. The recordings were later transcribed and analyzed empirically todetermine overriding themes, both within and across groups. Extensive literature reviewscovering a variety of indicators related to academic outcomes were also conducted, and may befound in the Appendices of this report.Several important themes emerged from analyses of the focus groups, including: residentmobility and relationships among neighbors, parent education opportunities, parent involvement,after-school programming needs, early childhood education programs, and concerns regardingcrime, safety, and the availability of public recreation spaces. High mobility within thecommunity raises questions about the amount of social capital available within the Promise Neighborhood, and how relationships that cultivate social capital may be increased and/or improved. The topic of parent education pertains to the possibility that the area may need moreresources to help parents obtain GEDs, receive tutoring in specific areas, or acquire other supports that will empower them to better assist their children with schoolwork. Parentinvolvement was identified by several groups as crucial to academic success, which is a findingwidely supported by the literature, and yet difficult to improve through straightforwardinterventions, given the key connection between parent involvement and parenting styles. A

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