ERIC Number: ED309213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Involvement of Black Fathers in Head Start. Final Report 1987.
Gary, Lawrence E.; And Others
This report evaluates the implementation of a demonstration model of a father-involvement component of Head Start programs in Washington (District of Columbia). Since well over 90 percent of the children in area Head Start programs are Black, the target group for this project was Black fathers. The following recommendations for program improvement are suggested: (1) review expectations of the component in view of parent needs and staff support and resources; (2) develop parent involvement programs that are more cognizant not only of male interests, but also of child, family, and marketplace needs; (3) continue the process of needs assessment by asking for continuous feedback from mothers and fathers; (4) involve more men and other community groups in Head Start operations as staff, advisors, or collaborators; and (5) increase pay and resources to Head Start staff. Statistical data are included on 11 tables. The appendices comprise the following: (1) a list of advisory committee members; (2) copies of needs assessment questionnaires for staff and parents; (3) a 158-item annotated bibliography; (4) a list of the Black Fathers Symposium Committee members; (5) a copy of the program from a conference, "Black Men in the Lives of Black Children" (Washington, D.C., September 20, 1986); and (6) a sample of a home-based science curriculum unit for children from birth to age three. A list of 26 references is also appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Blacks, Demonstration Programs, Early Childhood Education, Fathers, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Volunteers
Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 ($5.00; $4.50 for ten or more).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Urban Affairs and Research.