ERIC Number: ED404397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Women Reformed, Women Empowered: Poor Mothers and the Endangered Promise of Head Start. Women in the Political Economy Series.
Ames, Lynda J.; Ellsworth, Jeanne
By exploring the everyday experiences of women in a rural Head Start program, this study examines the processes of underprivileged women working to make a better life for themselves and their families. In all, researchers interviewed 42 parents, 7 of them fathers, 18 staff members, and 4 community representatives. To empower mothers, the Head Start program allows many to work as aides or on policy boards to learn how to have an impact on structures that impact their lives. Findings from these participants show that while Head Start programs can make women's lives more manageable and more rewarding, they do not change the structures of poverty. In addition, administrators, for economic reasons, are moving to take more control of local programs, decreasing the control of program mothers and reducing the empowerment potential of the program. (Contains 181 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administration, Empowerment, Females, Low Income Groups, Parent Education, Parents, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Poverty, Preschool Education, Program Development, Rural Areas, Teachers
Temple University Press, 1601 N. Broad Street, USB Suite 305, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (paperback: ISBN-1-56639-493-7, $19.95; clothbound: ISBN-1-56639-492-9, $54.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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