ECLIPSE: Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program Services and Evaluation

Overview

ECLIPSE is an AmeriCorps program that focus' on early childhood literacy in Eau Claire and Altoona. Educational focus areas include language, emergent reading & writing, socialization and interaction. ECLIPSE differentiates from other literacy programs because we work from a one-on-one model tailored to individual needs in preparing each child for lifelong learning. This program identifies and embraces the different paces at which children learn to foster continual growth in education. At the present time, ECLIPSE has five sites in and around Eau Claire that are served by the program.

About the Program

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ECLIPSE works as tribes (teams) of students from UW-Eau Claire who are AmeriCorps members. Members serve (or work), in preschool classrooms at partner sites for 10 –11 hours per week. Members pair with preschool children in the classroom who need additional support or help in the areas of language, literacy, social, and or numeracy skills. Participation in regular classroom activities, with support from corps members will increase opportunities for preschool children to be supported in their growth and development by caring adults. Each ECLIPSE AmeriCorps member works with two partner children during the course of the academic year.

Additional service is also an opportunity to become more familiar with Eau Claire and the needs in the community. ECLIPSE members may serve at The Community Table each week, by reading to children who are there for a meal, as a way to increase literacy opportunities to those in need. Members also participate in one or two national days of service and recruit other volunteers to work alongside completing service projects throughout the Eau Claire area. These hours count towards the AmeriCorps commitment.

Commitment

There is a 300 hour commitment requirement. This is broken down into approximately 12 hours per week. The beginning of the year is much less, with starting at approximately 5 – 6 hours per week in training, then building to 12 hours per week when service starts in the classroom in mid-October.

The hours are broken down as follows:
•    Classroom Service=10 - 11 hours – according to schedule
•    2 hour a week tribe meetings= 1-2 hours – time set by team – may change at semester

Other commitment service time for members:
•    Service (20-30 hours) gathered throughout the year and three required events, Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party, Global Youth Service Day, and Literacy Festival.
•    There are four Saturdays during the year that are required (2 training, 2 service).
•    Members work on teams of approximately 10 students, at one of five sites in the Eau Claire area.
•    There is a one credit class each semester, the fall is training at the beginning and one or two other meetings, the spring semester is a regular weekly class.

Compensation

This is a federal work-study job. You need about $2,000 for the year. People can also volunteer for the experience if they choose. It is great experience! Upon successful completion of the program and at least 300 hours, there is a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,212.40 that can be used for educational purposes.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Lehmkuhl
UW-Eau Claire, Centennial Hall 3202
Phone: 715-836-6011
Email: lehmkud@uwec.edu

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