ERIC Number: ED367116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Handicapped Children in Head Start Programs. Seventeenth Annual Report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Congress of the United States on Services Provided to Children with Disabilities in the Head Start Program.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
This report describes the activities of the Head Start program relating to children with disabilities in the 1988-1989 year. Head Start nationally achieved a 13.5 percent level of enrollment of children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. All states and jurisdictions met the federal mandate of at least 10 percent enrollment of children with disabilities, except Alaska and the Pacific Territories. The number of children with disabilities served increased from 65,740 in 1988 to 67,598 in 1989. Head Start programs were unable to enroll 3,390 potentially eligible children with disabilities due to age requirements or lack of vacancies. Over half of the children identified as having a disability had speech impairments, followed in rank order by health impairments, specific learning disabilities, serious emotional disturbances, physical disabilities, mental retardation, hearing impairments, visual impairments, deafness, and blindness. Special education or related services were provided to children with disabilities by Head Start staff and special services were provided by other agencies. Appendixes contain guidelines on diagnostic criteria, a list of participants in the Resource Access Project Network, and tables showing numbers of children with disabilities in Head Start by state. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.