ERIC Number: ED425868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
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Does Head Start Help Parents? A Critical Review of Longitudinal Studies of Head Start Children and Families.
Pizzo, Peggy Daly
This paper examined 39 longitudinal studies of Head Start children and families, of which 17 reported parent outcomes. Convergent patterns of parent outcomes as well as the research methods used to investigate those outcomes, were analyzed. In-depth analysis of the studies with the strongest research design (for type of study) disclosed that Head Start parents in these studies consistently showed improved abilities to promote their children's educational success. These studies involved more than 2,500 families in different parts of the country, at different points in Head Start's 32 year history. The review strongly suggests that Head Start systematically helps parents achieve positive outcomes and concludes that more research is needed to fully understand the breadth and depth of Head Start's impact on parents. (Two appendices list the individuals asked to suggest studies for review, and the methods used to identify studies. Contains 79 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
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