ERIC Number: ED315158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Research and Evaluation: Background and Overview. Technical Paper Prepared for the Head Start Evaluation Design Project.
Collins, Raymond C.; Kinney, Patricia F.
One of a series of technical papers prepared for the advisory panel of the Head Start Evaluation Design Project, this paper presents information about national Head Start goals, program participants, and the Head Start delivery system. The four stages of Head Start's evolution are described in terms of changes in the characteristics of participants, the delivery system, program strategy, and the evolution of quality controls. Outcome measures for children and families are discussed, and major research and evaluation efforts are summarized. Other research-oriented preschool programs outlined include the Consortium for Longitudinal Studies, the Perry Preschool Project, the Syracuse Study, and the Abecedarian Project. Implications for Head Start are highlighted for these and other early intervention efforts. The paper presents models that might account for salient outcomes and discusses demographic and societal trends which affect Head Start research and evaluation design. It is argued that the design of strategic evaluation options for Head Start must take into account a paradigm shift in early childhood research over the past generation. Concluding material covers increased policy interest in preschool education and child care at federal, state, and local levels. Nearly 90 references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Compensatory Education, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Government Role, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Collins Management Consulting, Inc., Vienna, VA.