ERIC Number: ED408038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Head Start in Ohio.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report from the Legislative Office of Education Oversight (LOEO) focuses on Head Start implementation in Ohio, describing its growth over the last 8 years, services provided to children and their families, costs, program quality and how it is monitored, and the challenges faced in expansion. After an extensive summary, chapter 1 describes the purpose and methods of the study. Chapter 2 describes Head Start nationally and its operation in Ohio. Chapter 3 outlines the cost of implementing Head Start. Chapter 4 presents challenges to its implementation, focusing on facilities, staffing, collaboration, and monitoring of program quality. Chapter 5 considers the future expansion of Head Start in light of welfare reform, and chapter 6 presents LOEO's conclusions and recommendations for changes in implementing Head Start in Ohio. Findings indicate that Ohio leads the nation in state Head Start funding but provides lower per-child amounts than federal funding. State funding focuses on serving more children rather than on ensuring program quality. The availability of adequate facilities is a major barrier to serving more children, and Head Start programs need to increase their collaboration with day care providers and public schools to meet the demands of welfare reform. The oversight and management of Head Start by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is insufficient for a rapidly expanding program. LOEO recommendations are made in the areas of the state funding process, facilities, collaboration, and ODE oversight. Nine appendices include a selected bibliography and methods of calculating per-child costs. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio