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Various officials related to Project Breakthrough explain the project's aims and objectives in Illinois,United States.

A documentary about Project Breakthrough by the office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program to teach preschool children language skills in Cooks County, Illinois. The Director of Cooks County Department of Public Aid William H Robinson says that the project is correctly named 'Project Breakthrough' as it aims at breaking the ring of poverty. Director Robinson states that functional illiteracy is the main cause of poverty. Director and Originator of the project A Louie Scott says that they aim to undertake to teach children from disadvantaged families before they start their formal education. Mrs. Juan Tracey, an educator also speaks about the aim of Project Breakthrough. Mary Brown, an aid to case workers, with a child. She says that this project will enable children to learn and contribute to the society.

Date: 1967
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
People gather to watch the demonstrations by naval reservists at the Great Lakes training station in Illinois,United States.

The Naval reservists at the Great Lakes training station in Illinois, United States. The naval reservists standing on the ground and demonstrating their activities. The reservists demonstrating stretcher drill. People gather on the ground and watch the demonstrations. The reservists demonstrate a machine gun. The soldiers firing the machine gun. Smoke rises from the firing of the machine gun.

Date: 1940
Duration: 1 min 45 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
African American children being benefited under Project Breakthrough in Illinois,United States.

A documentary about Project Breakthrough by the office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program to teach preschool children language skills in Cooks County, Illinois. An African American child at a typewriter. The Director of Research and Statistics Division, Cooks County Department of Public Aid Walter Hudson speaks about the development of a testing device that can monitor the progress of a child on ERE (Edison Responsive Environment) device. The African American children seated at a desk and play in streets. Juan Tracey, an educator speaks about the cost of the project. The Director of the Project Breakthrough A. Louie Scott says that the cost of the project must be measured against the number of dropouts from school. Sister Marry Williams, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Project Breakthrough says that through this project they are saving a lot of money for the larger society. Director Walter Hudson labels illiteracy and poverty to be contagious for the society. Sister Williams says that this project aims at working with children having tremendous potential. Separate lockers for children at the school. Juan Tracey says that this project provides with basic things one needs to go to a school. Director Hudson says that this project makes the children adequate to enter the main stream of life in the United States. An African American woman with her child. The child spells out the word MOTHER and the woman kisses the child.

Date: 1967
Duration: 5 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Children learn to read and write with the aid of a talking typewriter under Project Breakthrough in Illinois,United States.

A documentary about Project Breakthrough by the office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program to teach preschool children language skills in Cooks County, Illinois. A talking typewriter to teach children from poor families the ability to relate words to pictures and increase their communication skills. An African American child at the talking typewriter. One of the project officials Pamela Jung speaks about how the talking typewriter helps children to learn in a responsive situation. Another official related to the project informs that a talking typewriter consists of a screen, a keyboard and an audio. A woman sends a child into a room having the talking typewriter. The woman speaks into a telephone from outside the room as she instructs the child at the typewriter. The child looks around and underneath to find out from where the voice is coming from. An official says that the children are chosen from low income families.

Date: 1967
Duration: 2 min 28 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Poor African American people on street who are intended to be benefited by Project Breakthrough in Illinois,United States.

A documentary about Project Breakthrough by the office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program to teach preschool children language skills in Cooks County, Illinois. A poor household. Poor people around the sidewalk. Poor people, mainly African Americans on the street. An African American girl crosses the street. A woman carrying a child walks along the sidewalk. Litter on the street. Director of Cooks County Department of Public Aid William H Robinson.

Date: 1967
Duration: 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Director of Project Breakthrough explains about the project to mothers of 4-5 year old children in Illinois,United States.

A documentary about Project Breakthrough by the office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program to teach preschool children language skills in Cooks County, Illinois. Project Supervisor for Special Cases Jenine Bloomberg speaks about how the mothers of 4-5 year old children were invited for tea and explained about the project. Juan Tracey, an educator says that with the help of case workers mothers were contacted and invited. Director and Originator of the project A. Louie Scott addresses the mothers of 4-5 years old children. Director Scott explains about the Project Breakthrough and how it could benefit their children. Mothers get their queries answered by the Director. Interested mothers make an appointment for testing their children. Juan Tracey shares how the children were tested and research was conducted after dividing them into experimental and control groups.

Date: 1967
Duration: 2 min 19 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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