ERIC Number: ED317629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Involving Parents in Head Start.
Leik, Robert K.; Chalkley, Mary Anne
CURA Reporter, v19 n3 p11-14 Oct 1989
The Head Start Family Impact Project involved a one-year study of 81 single mothers and their children from the Hennepin County Head Start Program. This program was planned to test the notion that parent-child interaction in the context of Head Start would be the most beneficial form of parental involvement. An assessment session, which measured variables in the parent/family as well as in the child, was conducted in October and again in April of the Head Start year. The initial assessment indicated that the Head Start families are similar to other families, but that the mothers tend to underestimate their child's self-worth and the families tend to display patterns considered dysfunctional. The results from the second assessment session indicated that these problems can be alleviated with an increase in parental involvement. For instance, parents at the end of the study had increased their estimate of their children's competence and social acceptance. Furthermore, the families involved in the study became less dysfunctional during the study. The results of this study indicate the significance of parental involvement in the Head Start Program and suggest the need for future research. One table and one figure are included. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.