ERIC Number: ED363414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Quality: The Impact of the Head Start Expansion and Improvement Act of 1990 in Its First Year of Implementation.
National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.
Head Start, the federally funded, comprehensive child development program for low-income preschool children, was reauthorized by Congress in 1990 with a sufficient increase in funding to serve all eligible children by 1994, and to strengthen the Head Start program in general. The National Head Start Association mailed 1,800 surveys to Head Start programs throughout the nation in the fall of 1991 to assess the impact of this legislation after 1 year. A total of 314 agencies responded, a figure representing approximately 17% of the Head Start agencies and 19% of Head Start enrollment. The responding programs reported that, on average, funding increased by 20 percent from 1990 to 1991, and that enrollment increased 10 percent. The programs also reported that they had sufficient funds to increase staff salaries by an average of 7 percent, to add, improve or maintain staff benefits, to add staff, and to renovate classrooms and playgrounds. The survey found that significant improvements were made in the first year of the new legislation, although there is still considerable room for improvement. Program directors reported that they still had waiting lists of children wishing to enroll in Head Start, and that staff salaries were too low to attract and retain qualified staff. Two appendixes provide a copy of the survey form and a list of the 12 Head Start regions. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.