ERIC Number: ED250077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
An Impact Evaluation of the Resource Access Projects, 1981-1982.
Empson, Judith V.; And Others
In 1976, the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) designed the Resource Access Project (RAP) to strengthen services that Head Start programs provide to handicapped preschool children. Today, 15 RAPs are sponsored by public and private agencies and universities throughout the country. The ACYF-funded network of projects links services for handicapped children in Head Start with community services; serves as a resource for materials, information, and technical assistance; and trains Head Start teachers and administrators to mainstream special-needs children. This sixth annual evaluation report presents findings from the 1981-82 program year. Following an introductory chapter, the text presents "RAP Profiles," describing each project as to such features as funding sponsor and its contract history, funding level, states and number of Head Starts served, operations, and representative episodes. Other chapters treat the network as a whole, giving illustrations of the exceptional characteristics of individual projects. The chapter on budget and staffing organizes and analyzes data on financial and staff resources. The chapter entitled "Performance" presents findings regarding the fulfillment of each contractual obligation and is organized by 11 tasks, such as the provision of services and materials to grantees and the sponsorship of training conferences. The chapter on program impact reveals Head Start and state education agencies' perceptions of services received from RAPs and presents data concerning the evaluation of long and short term effects of Head Start personnel training. In the final chapter, evaluators summarize the major outcomes of this program year and suggest future emphases. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Littlejohn (Roy) Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.