ERIC Number: ED450960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Leading the Way: Characteristics and Early Experiences of Selected Early Head Start Programs. Volume I: Cross-Site Perspectives. Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. Local-National Partnerships.
Kisker, Ellen Eliason; Love, John M.; Raikes, Helen
The first of a 3-volume series describing the 17 Early Head Start (EHS) programs in fall 1997, this report discusses the main features of the research programs and identifies the key challenges and successes they experienced during their first year of serving families. Chapter 1 of the report discusses the historical and national context of the first years of Early Head Start, including public policy issues and the proposed evaluation. Chapter 2 describes the programmatic approaches, community contexts, and expected outcomes of the new programs, as well as the characteristics of the families enrolling in the new EHS program. Chapter 3 identifies the program activities and services being delivered within the first year of serving families as they relate to recruitment, enrollment, child development, family development, staff development, community partnerships, and program management. Chapter 4 summarizes the challenges and highlights successes experienced by the new programs. The report concludes by noting that discussions of goals, strategies, and expected outcomes can be useful to developing programs and to researchers. The EHS programs participating in the early evaluation research can pave the way for later programs by sharing the lessons they have learned and by engaging in a partnership with researchers that will enhance the relevance and usefulness of the evaluation research. (Contains 21 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Evaluation.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.