ERIC Number: ED432366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Welfare Reform on Head Start Disability and Family Services.
Bennett, Tess; Bhagwanji, Yash; Thomas, Dawn; Allison, Anita
A 1997 study assessed the impact of welfare reform as reported by Head Start staff served by the Great Lakes Resource Access Project (GLRAP), a federally funded program providing training and technical assistance to Head Start staff in the area of disability services. The states served by the project are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. GLRAP used three methods (survey, canvass call telephone interviews, and focus groups with Head Start staff) to inquire about potential and real effects of welfare reform on Head Start services. Findings showed that the principal concerns clustered in three areas: eligibility and changes in the formal system, family concerns, and internal Head Start issues. Loss of child eligibility for enrollment in Head Start and loss of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits were concerns which 73 percent of Disability Service Coordinators (DSCs) identified on the survey. There was a trend in concern about enrollment of children as program size increased. Regarding services to families in Head Start, 62 percent of DSCs anticipated changes because of welfare reform. Larger programs serving more families had more concerns in this area than smaller programs. Also, many internal issues were identified as concerns by Head Start staff, including the need for staff development and training. (Contains 18 references and 4 tables.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Great Lakes Quality Improvement Center for Disabilities.