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ERIC Number: ED478790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 470
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Study of Head Start Families: FACES Technical Report I.
O'Brien, Robert W.; D'Elio, Mary Ann; Vaden-Kiernan, Michael; Magee, Candice; Younoszai, Tina; Keane, Michael J.; Connell, David C.; Hailey, Linda
Recognizing that families have played an essential role in the Head Start philosophy since the program's inception, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) is an effort to develop a descriptive profile of families participating in the Head Start program and services, as well as to develop, test, and refine Program Performance Measures for Head Start. The findings in this technical report focus on descriptions of the characteristics and experiences of children and families served by Head Start grantees and information about programs and staff. Participating in FACES were staff and families in 40 programs randomly selected from the 1,734 programs operating during 1995-1996. The report is organized into six sections: (1) introduction to the study; (2) information about families and children drawn from interviews with Head Start parents; (3) information about staff and program activities drawn from interviews with Head Start staff; (4) findings from case studies of 120 Head Start families selected from the larger sample; (5) findings of the community agency substudy drawn from interviews with community agency administrators; and (6) discussion of study findings drawn across the entire array of data sources. Across the variety of data sources, the findings lead to the following conclusions: (1) Head Start families are diverse; (2) Head Start families are like other families; (3) Head Start families face multiple challenges and possess strengths to address these challenges; (4) Head Start families are active with their children as well as with Head Start; (5) parent involvement with children is important; (6) families benefit from program involvement; and (7) families were very satisfied with Head Start. (Contains 51 references.) (KB)
Head Start Information and Publication Center, Order Fulfillment Department, P.O. Box 26417, Alexandria, VA 22313-0417. Tel: 703-638-2878; Fax: 703-683-5769; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey