ERIC Number: ED436243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Program Performance Measures. Second Progress Report. Head Start Research.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.; CDM Group, Inc.; Ellsworth Associates, Mclean, VA.
In 1995, Head Start developed performance measures to promote accountability through the assessment of program quality and outcomes. This report is the Head Start program's second progress report on its self-assessment using the Program Performance Measures. The measures are grouped under the five objectives of Head Start: (1) enhance children's growth and development; (2) strengthen families as the primary nurturers of their children; (3) provide children with educational, health, and nutritional services; (4) link children and families to needed community services; and (5) ensure well-managed programs that involve parents in decision-making. The report provides preliminary outcome data for measures outlined in Objectives 1 and 2, as well as process data for Objectives 3, 4, and 5. The outcome data are from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), a nationally representative sampling of Head Start programs, classrooms, teachers, parents, and children examining the quality and effects of Head Start. The data in this report are drawn from the spring 1997 FACES field test in which approximately 2,400 parents and children were studied in 40 Head Start programs. Following a description of the conceptual framework on which the measures are based, the report's introduction and overview present findings from the FACES study: (1) Head Start classroom quality is good; (2) Head Start children are ready for school; (3) program quality is linked to child performance; and (4) Head Start families are involved despite challenges. Chapter 1 of the report discusses the findings in more depth. Chapter 2 describes additional efforts underway to improve the quality and effectiveness of Head Start, including revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards, monitoring system, and training and technical assistance system. Chapter 3 presents the Program Performance Measures Matrix, which contains data from the Head Start Monitoring and Tracking System (HSMTS) and the Program Information Report (PIR). (Contains 34 references and 31 tables and figures.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.; CDM Group, Inc.; Ellsworth Associates, Mclean, VA.