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ERIC Number: ED404015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Nebraska Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Transition Demonstration Project.
Hellerich-Tuttle, Linda; And Others
Transition projects have emerged to address Head Start fade-out effects, that is, the disappearance of gains made by Head Start program children by the third grade. The Nebraska Transition Project is one of 31 across the United States providing Head Start-like services to families with children in public elementary school, kindergarten through third grade. The project addresses four needs of the children and their families: (1) education; (2) health; (3) social services; and (4) parent involvement. Lincoln Action Program (LAP), a local community action agency, developed and administers the Nebraska project. During the project's 4 years, nearly 1,000 individuals from over 250 families have participated. Members of the family system have a significant impact on the child's transition from one environment (cultural, relational, educational) to another. Family Outreach Workers work individually with each family to develop goals and to work toward achievement. Case workers refer to a Case Management Model that provides a step approach to working with families: (1) access, assessment, exploration, planning; (2) implementation and goal attainment; and (3) closure and evaluation. The project places special emphasis on the children's health and their relation to school success. Results of an informal evaluation indicated that children's health correlated to school success, especially in kindergarten; the Nebraska Project has resulted in increases in family income and self-sufficiency; and that this Transition project aids in reshaping and transforming children, families, schools, community, and society. (Contains 15 references.) (DL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska (Lincoln)