ERIC Number: ED061999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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Head Start Preschool Child Development Program Evaluation Report for 1970-71.
Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency of Greater Los Angeles, CA.
An evaluation of a youth and economic opportunities agency's improvement program for preschool children is presented. Objectives of the Head Start program include: (1) Improving the child's physical health and abilities, (2) Helping the emotional and social development of the child, (3) Improving the child's mental processes and skills and establishing patterns and expectations of success for the child; (4) Involving parents in the decision making process for the program, and (5) Parent education. Program achievements include: training and education, parent participation, health services, psychological services, nutrition program, social services, career development, volunteer services, and research and evaluation. Conclusions include: (1) The program had a high attendance rate and substantial parent involvement; (2) Snacks and hot lunches were provided daily; (3) Over half of the children were tested for vision, hearing and TB; (4) The program provided employment for 464 previously unemployed people; and (5) The program encouraged staff members to continue or resume their education. Recommendations include: (1) Increase program training for parents; (2) Increase the mental health budgets, (3) Develop and fund a model program, and (4) Develop a procedure for random follow-up of Head Start Children. (CK)
Descriptors: Child Development, Disadvantaged, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Emotional Development, Goal Orientation, Health Services, Improvement Programs, Mental Health, Models, Motivation, Nutrition, Objectives, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Physical Health, Preschool Children, Program Evaluation, Research, Skill Development, Social Development, Volunteers, Youth
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Authoring Institution: Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency of Greater Los Angeles, CA.