ERIC Number: ED411963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Great Lakes Resource Access Project: Annual Needs Assessment Report 1997-98.
Bhagwanji, Yash; Bennett, Tess
The Great Lakes Resource Access Project (Region V RAP) serves Head Start programs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Region V RAP conducts an annual needs assessment to determine the training and technical assistance needs of the Head Start Disability Services Coordinators. A survey for assessing needs for the 1997-98 academic year was used to gather data for the study. In addition to sections containing census information and general training and technical assistance needs information, this survey included sections designed to gather information regarding three salient issues: (1) children's screening and developmental assessment; (2) serving parents with disabilities; and (3) impact of welfare reform on Head Start services. Survey results (presented in 37 tables comprising the bulk of this report) indicated that in response to the specific issue of children's screening and developmental assessment, the majority of programs (75%) reported administering screening tests in the Fall. The most important selection criterion in choosing a screening instrument was that it was easy to follow. With respect to parents with disabilities, the majority of programs in all regions reported serving parents with special needs within the last year (ranging from 73% of programs in Chicago to 92% in Ohio). Parents with emotional disabilities constituted the largest group of parents with special needs (58%) served by the program. With respect to welfare reform, close to one-half of programs (48%) reported their staff's level of knowledge about welfare reform as general awareness. Program coordinators indicated their staff's greatest need to be information about possible changes in roles (76%), followed by information about possible changes in services (75%), information about collaboration with day care providers (75%), and information about the welfare reform (67%). Other training and technical assistance needs included transitioning and program performance standards. Overall, the majority of programs were satisfied with RAP services. (The survey instrument is appended.) (LPP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Great Lakes Resource Access Project, Portage, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Illinois (Chicago); Indiana; Michigan; Minnesota; Ohio; Wisconsin