ERIC Number: ED224612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Culture of a Social Program: An Ethnographic Study of the Child and Family Resource Program. Summary Volume, Fall 1981.
Travers, Jeffrey; And Others
This report summarizes findings from an ethnographic study of the Child and Family Resource Program (CFRP), a Head Start demonstration program providing child development and family support services to low-income families with young children. Designed to describe program operations from the perspective of staff and client families, the study was mounted at one site in each of five states. Families with single nonworking parents, families with single working parents, two-parent families, and families with teenage mothers participated. Methods employed by the ethnographers included a review of CFRP records, interviews, home visits, and observation. Each researcher worked half-time for 6 months gathering data on the CFRP experiences of from seven to nine families. The investigators' work was guided by a set of research questions that were to be addressed to each family. Chapter 1 of this summary volume provides an overview of the CFRP demonstration and the various components of the CFRP evaluation. Chapter 2 summarizes the findings of the ethnographic component, highlighting common features of program operations and major differences among programs. Chapter 3 lists the five major study conclusions. Attention is directed to the fact that the discussion of implications for Head Start policy and program management offered in this summary, and in the full program report as well, is to be considered preliminary and limited in scope. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.