ERIC Number: ED439801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
On Track with Phoenix Early Head Start. 1998-99 Evaluation Report.
Sandler, Linda; Heffernon, Rick
The Phoenix, Arizona Early Head Start (EHS) program is for first-time teen parents and their families. The 1998-99 project year marked the fourth year of a 5-year research and demonstration grant for EHS and concluded the third full year of program implementation. This report analyzes Year Four program services and outcomes for children, families, and staff. The report also examines the program's community linkages and efforts to build community capacity to serve very young children and their families. Evaluation findings suggest that at the end of the 1998-99 project year, EHS continues to be on the right track. An array of direct services are in place to assist program families; an expanded staff training agenda on child development is helping family support specialists in their work with parents and children; and a range of community linkages and partnerships are helping to expand resources and options for families. Some areas continue to warrant attention, however. These include: helping young parents as their children become toddlers; defining and clearly articulating the rules and regulations guiding the transition of families out of the EHS program; developing ways to retain long-term staff members and better orient new employees; and conveying EHS knowledge and experience (and its relevance to public policy) to state and local decision-makers in a way that is both accessible and understandable to them. (Contains 18 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southwest Human Development, Inc., Phoenix, AZ.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)