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ERIC Number: ED394680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Initiative Year One Report: Georgia Head Start.
Sibley, Annette; And Others
The five-year Georgia Head Start Quality Initiative was founded in 1994 to provide training and technical assistance (consisting of monthly group training sessions and individual on-site consultation) for Georgia Head Start administrators as they pursue National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. This document reports on the activities of the first year of the Initiative. The first section of the report, "Project Overview," describes the three phases of the Initiative: (1) self-evaluation; (2) design and implementation of in-service training and improvement; and (3) document preparation for NAEYC accreditation. The second section, "Participating Programs," describes the 29 Head Start and Parent Child Center programs in Georgia that were invited to participate in the Initiative; the project began with 7 programs. In the evaluation phase, each participating program conducted a self-evaluation followed by a two-day training session and supervised practice classroom observations. In the second phase, the data collected in the first phase were examined to develop specific program improvement plans and to determine program readiness for accreditation. The third phase, preparation for NAEYC accreditation, included preparing a descriptive program report, documenting staff qualifications, conducting and summarizing parent and staff surveys, and conducting classroom observations. A closing section, "Reflections," states that the outcomes of the Quality Initiative can be measured at two levels: improvements in the quality of programs, and successful completion of NAEYC accreditation. Seventy-three percent of classrooms that completed the second self-evaluation documented improved classroom practices. An appendix consists of a description of the Challenging Teachers Summer Institute. (TM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Administrators, Community Programs, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Family Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Quality Assist, Inc., Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: Georgia; National Association Educ of Young Children; Project Head Start