ERIC Number: ED367117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Children with Disabilities in Head Start Programs. Eighteenth 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 18th annual report to Congress, covering the program year 1989-1990, outlines the status of children with disabilities in Head Start programs. The report states that the program's mandate of having 10 percent or more of the total number of enrollment opportunities in Head Start programs available for handicapped children was met in each state except Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Head Start nationally achieved a 13.3 percent level of enrollment of children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. Head Start is the largest program that integrates preschool children with disabilities in group experiences with nondisabled children on a systematic basis. The number of children with disabilities served by Head Start programs increased from 67,598 in 1989 to 69,267 in 1990. Head Start programs were unable to enroll 3,673 potentially eligible children with disabilities because of age requirements or lack of vacancies. Special education or related services provided by Head Start staff include individualized teaching, speech therapy and language stimulation, and transportation. Special services provided by other agencies include medical and psychological diagnosis, evaluation or testing, special therapy and language stimulation, and medical treatment. 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 - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.