ERIC Number: ED186511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement: Parent Development.
The results of a study that probed the differential effects of low income parent involvement ln the Dane County, Wisconsin, Head Start program are summarized in this paper. Different levels of parental involvement in the educational process of their preschool children were selected for study: enrolling the child in Head Start, receiving home visits, volunteering in the classroom, serving on the policy maklng committee, being paid employees, taking adult education courses in the community, and serving on community boards/committes. The study's main hypothesis was that involvement at the policy making level of Head Start has an important effect upon the lives of low income adults. Interviews were used to elicit 25 parents' feelings about the process of being involved in Head Start. Information was collected about age, marital status, number of children enrolled in Head Start, and economic and employment status. Respondents were also asked about self perceived changes in their behavior and self concept. Personal changes were reported by nearly every respondent at several involvement levels. The most effective change agents were employment in Head Start and serving on the parent advisory committees. This study shows that the involvement of low income/disadvantaged parents in Head Start programs can result in increased self confidence, control over their own lives, and community participation. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Parent Involvement, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Project Head Start; Wisconsin (Dane County)