ERIC Number: ED441573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start 2010: Fulfilling the Promise. Report of the Head Start 2010 National Advisory Panel.
National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.
In anticipation of the 35th anniversary of Project Head Start, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) launched a national initiative to discover how Head Start can best serve children and families in the new millennium. A series of hearings and open forums were conducted throughout the country in 1999, along with a special session featuring original founders of Head Start and a Head Start parent survey. The testimony is clustered into four broad themes: (1) maintaining and strengthening the quality of Head Start programs (salary, training, governance, and accountability); (2) enhancing support for parents and families (parents' roles in program implementation and their own special needs for services); (3) overcoming obstacles to collaboration (effective working relationships within the Head Start network and partnering with other organizations); and (4) rethinking eligibility, funding, and access to services (access and participation in Head Start). Detailed recommendations were created around five "unfulfilled promises": (1) to children and families (continued research on new innovations and increased responsiveness to the changing needs of families, particularly with respect to cultural diversity); (2) on quality (improved salary and benefits packages, training and capacity development, and infrastructure support); (3) on collaboration (improved information exchange and dissemination of partnership models both within and outside the Head Start network); (4) to communities (maintaining Head Start as a direct federal-to-local program and mounting a major national marketing campaign to increase public awareness about the program); and (5) on full funding (moving to full-day, full-year programming and serving all eligible children). (Contains 21 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperation, Financial Support, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Attitudes, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
National Head Start Association, 1651 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-739-0875; Fax: 703-739-0878; Web site: http://www.nhsa.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Freddie Mac Foundation, McLean, VA.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.