ERIC Number: ED429703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State Funding of Head Start.
Idaho State Legislature, Boise. Office of Performance Evaluation.
This background paper details Head Start, a federally funded program serving preschool age children from low-income families, and focuses on the program's effectiveness and the adequacy of historic federal funding levels. The paper provides an overview of the Head Start Program, describes federal requirements for local programs, and describes Head Start services in Idaho. The paper also details federal Head Start appropriations, enrollment, and costs per child from fiscal year 1995 to 1999, both nationally and for Idaho. In addition, the paper lists the states providing no state funding for Head Start, those providing direct state funding for Head Start, and those with state-funded pre-kindergarten programs other than Head Start. The paper notes although it is difficult to determine the overall impact and effectiveness of Head Start nationwide because of the variation in local programs, recent research concerning local programs has generally found them to be effective in preparing children for school. However, the General Accounting Office has concluded that the existing body of studies was not sufficient to develop a national estimate of the impact of Head Start and recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services conduct a nationwide assessment of the impact of Head Start programs. The Department of Health and Human Services maintains that existing research has already provided clear evidence of the positive impacts of Head Start services. The paper concludes with a list of proposed evaluation questions for Idaho Head Start programs. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Legislature, Boise. Office of Performance Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho