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Family Academy:
"Manualization" and Evaluation

Family Academy (FA) is a promising early childhood parent education model designed specifically for families in the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). It has three components:

  1. family engagement and empowerment
  2. a 13-week family-focused curriculum
  3. social support for families

Family Academy was originally developed in 2007 as part of the place-based project Five Hundred Under 5, of which CEED was one of four leadership partners. In 2010, Five Hundred Under 5 migrated to NAZ and now functions as a primary learning component of the NAZ education continuum from birth to age 18. CEED@UROC has been asked by NAZ to conduct two primary tasks with the Family Academy parent education model: first, manualize the FA curriculum; second, evaluate and validate the FA model.

Project Staff

  • Scott McConnell, Principal Investigator
  • Lauren Martin, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Mary Hearst
  • Nikki Kovan


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Last modified on February 21, 2013.