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ERIC Number: ED015026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug-18
Pages: 31
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Reference Count: 0
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FACTORS INFLUENCING THE RECRUITMENT OF CHILDREN INTO THE HEAD START PROGRAM, SUMMER 1965--A CASE STUDY OF SIX CENTERS IN NEW YORK CITY. STUDY II.
STEIN, ANNIE; WOLFF, MAX
TO RESOLVE THE QUESTION OF WHY SOME PARENTS SENT ELIGIBLE CHILDREN TO HEAD START AND SOME DID NOT, A STUDY WAS MADE OF SIX HEAD START CENTERS IN NEW YORK CITY. THE STUDY SAMPLE WAS COMPOSED OF THE THREE CENTERS HAVING THE BEST RECRUITMENT RECORD AND THE THREE HAVING THE POOREST. EACH GROUP HAD ONE NEGRO, ONE PUERTO RICAN, AND ONE MIXED SCHOOL. MATCHED SETS OF 150 HEAD START AND 150 NON-HEAD START CHILDREN FROM THESE SCHOOLS WERE CHOSEN. THEIR PARENTS WERE INTERVIEWED BY INTERVIEWERS OF THE MATCHING ETHNIC GROUP. FINDINGS WERE THAT SOME ELIGIBLE FAMILIES HAD THE MEANS TO PROVIDE OTHER SUMMER PROGRAMS AS ALTERNATES AND SO DID NOT ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN. SOME LOW INCOME PARENTS HELD HIGH EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND ENROLLED THEM TO HELP REALIZE THEIR GOALS. INTERVIEWS BY INDIGENOUS PERSONNEL WERE FOUND TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE IN RECRUITING. ETHNIC BACKGROUND AFFECTED PARENTAL REASONS FOR ENROLLMENT. FOR INSTANCE, PUERTO RICAN MOTHERS WANTED THEIR CHILDREN TO BE EXPOSED TO SITUATIONS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE. THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR ENROLLMENT WAS THAT HEAD START WOULD HELP CHILDREN ADJUST SOCIALLY TO SCHOOL. SOME PARENTS GAVE EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND CHILD CARE AS REASONS FOR ENROLLMENT. THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR NOT ENROLLING CHILDREN WAS THE LACK OF ENROLLMENT INFORMATION. INTERVIEWS REVEALED ENTHUSIASM FOR HEAD START AND A NEED FOR MORE EFFECTIVE RECRUITMENT. (SEE ALSO PS 000 281, PS 000 283, PS 000 284, PS 000 285, PS 000 286.) (LG)
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Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Graduate School of Education.
Identifiers: New York (New York); PROJECT HEADSTART