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ERIC Number: ED477947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Serving America's Youngest: A Snapshot of Early Head Start Children, Families, Teachers and Programs in 2002. Head Start Series, CLASP Policy Brief.
Irish, Kate; Schumacher, Rachel; Lombardi, Joan
As Congress is scheduled to reauthorize the entire Head Start program in 2003, it is important to understand more about Early Head Start and the children and families the program serves. This policy brief, third in a series analyzing Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data, synthesizes Early Head Start data from the most recently available program year, 2001-2002. The brief describes the unique features of the Early Head Start program, which serves low-income infants, toddlers, and pregnant women, and places them within the context of the overall Head Start program. Among the main findings is that most Early Head Start families have working parents, with only 28 percent receiving welfare cash assistance. In 77 percent of Early Head Start families, neither parent had more than a high school diploma or GED, and 20 percent had at least 1 parent enrolled in an education or training program. About half the children had full-day or full-year child care needs, with the majority receiving such care through Early Head Start programs. Most Early Head Start services were available through center-based or home-based programs, with home-based services more prevalent than in Head Start programs. Individual Early Head Start programs often worked in partnership with community child care providers. Slightly over one-third of Early Head Start teachers and over one-half of the home visitors held at least an associates degree in early childhood education or a related field. (Contains 14 endnotes.) (KB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.