ERIC Number: ED381246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Programs: Local Perspectives on Barriers to Providing Head Start Services. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs and Alcoholism, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This study was designed to identify barriers that local Head Start staff believe limit their ability to provide quality services, the extent to which staff believe programs experience these barriers, and the techniques or approaches programs have used to overcome these barriers. It also sought to determine how Head Start programs use Quality Improvement Funds (QIFs) to enhance and strengthen service quality. The study surveyed 654 Head Start grantees and delegates, who provided information about their programs for the 1992-93 school year. Over 90 percent of the Head Start directors surveyed reported experiencing at least one of the following barriers: (1) insufficient qualified staff to meet the complex needs of children and families; (2) limited availability of health professionals in the community willing to help Head Start staff in providing services; and (3) difficulties getting suitable facilities at reasonable costs. In addition, survey results showed that the primary use of QIFs was to increase staff salaries and to recruit and retain qualified staff. Five appendices provide information on Head Start funding, survey methodology, a copy of the survey instrument, a list of the sights contacted or visited, and contacts and staff acknowledgements. (Contains 30 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Educational Attitudes, Educational Facilities, Educational Quality, Educational Strategies, Federal Programs, Health Services, Human Services, Preschool Education, Program Improvement, Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more copies, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.