ERIC Number: ED397540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Reform in Seven Communities: Front-Line Practice, Agency Management, and Public Policy. Volume III: Technical Appendix--Research Design and Methodology. Studies of Education Reform.
The administration and funding of early childhood education programs has engendered recent federal policy debates. This volume is the third report in a series of three, which are derived from a study that examined how local organizations implement complex government programs for early childhood education. The study analyzed and documented significant local examples of innovative and successful reforms in early childhood services, including Head Start grantees, local school districts, and child-care agencies. This volume describes the study's research design and methods, including the strategy for site selection and copies of interview guides used in the field work. The study focused on local examples of early childhood and family-support programs that were comprehensive, family-focused, sustained, and intensive. It included three different types of program strategies--parent-education programs, early child-care settings, and community-based partnerships. The research focused on program design, implementation, and impact, and looked at ways in which local, internal, and external forces shaped program development. All projects served children whose ages ranged from birth to 5 years and who came from families of low to moderate incomes. The projects involved sponsorship by one or more state or federal programs and included a significant component of outreach, involvement, and service to parents and other family members. Researchers conducted interviews with focus groups (administrators, parents, and staff) and with program directors. Attachments include a program-nomination form, copies of interview guides, and types of information coded for Ethnograph software. Two tables are included. (Contains seven references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.; Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.