ERIC Number: ED475630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten: Investing in Oregon's Future. Report to Oregon's Seventy-Second Legislative Assembly.
Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Salem.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
This report, required by the Oregon legislature, describes the state's Head Start prekindergarten program and the program's achievements during the 2001-2003 period. The report delineates the federal and state funding for the program during this period, and the number of programs, classrooms, and children served, noting that 61 percent of all eligible children are served, a considerable increase from the 5 percent served in 1988. A pie chart depicts the average cost per child/family for child health services, family services, and child services. The report also summarizes information on risk characteristics of many of the children and families served, emphasizing that Head Start prekindergarten family income eligibility levels are lower than the federal eligibility level for free/reduced lunch in public schools and that more than two-thirds of Head Start prekindergarten families are employed, participate in training programs, or attend school. Information is then presented on the following characteristics of Head Start children/families in Oregon: (1) ethnicity; (2) children's dominant language; (3) child health screening results; and (4) child disabilities incidence. Findings of the 2002 Oregon Kindergarten Readiness Survey are presented to illustrate how well the Head Start prekindergarten is meeting its goal of preparing children to enter kindergarten comparable to their peers. Findings from the national Family and Child Experiences Survey are then presented to show Head Start's effectiveness in improving disadvantaged children's literacy and social skills. The report concludes by outlining a long-range plan for the Oregon Head Start prekindergarten program, noting that the state's current budget shortfall does not allow for state expansion in 2003-2005, and identifying possible program economies while maintaining program quality. A map showing the locations of the state and federally funded Head Start prekindergarten programs in Oregon completes the report. (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Early Intervention, Eligibility, Family Characteristics, Participant Characteristics, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Budgeting, Program Effectiveness, School Readiness, Student Characteristics
For full text: http://www.ode.state.or.us/stusvc/earlychild/oregonsfuture.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Salem.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon