ERIC Number: ED479256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Leading the Way: Characteristics and Early Experiences of Selected Early Head Start Programs. Volume III: Program Implementation. Early Head Start Research.
Paulsell, Diane; Kisker, Ellen Eliason; Love, John M.; Raikes, Helen; Boller, Kimberly; Rosenberg, Linda; Coolahan, Kathleen; Berlin, Lisa J.
Early Head Start (EHS) is a comprehensive program providing intensive services from before birth to age 3 to promote improved outcomes in child, family, staff, and community development. The third of a 3-volume series designed to share the experiences of the 17 EHS programs participating in the Early Head Start National Research and Evaluation Project, this report focuses on the extent to which the research programs were fully implemented as specified in the Revised Head Start Performance Standards. Chapter 1 of the report provides an overview of the Early Head Start program and the national evaluation, and describes the context in which the research programs have been implemented. Chapter 2 describes the methods and data used to assess the extent of early program implementation. Chapter 3 presents findings of the assessment of early implementation in early childhood development and health services, and preliminary data from observations of the community child care settings of Early Head Start children. Chapter 4 focuses on implementation of family and community partnerships. Chapter 5 details findings related to early implementation of program design and management. Chapter 6 summarizes findings and anticipates the next evaluation. Evaluation findings suggest that in Fall 1997, the research programs were at a very early stage of implementation, with many still putting some service and management systems in place, and all grappling with how to respond to families' changing service needs in the wake of welfare reform. Six programs had built upon previous experience serving families with young children to fully implement Early Head Start by Fall 1997. Eight programs had reached moderate implementation levels, and three were at low implementation levels. Challenges in implementation included completing home visits with most families and ensuring that community child care arrangements met the performance standards. Successes in implementing program requirements included offering individualized services and developing a strong staff development system. The report's two appendices contain the implementation checklists and rating scales. (Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Infants, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Standards, Toddlers
Head Start Information and Publication Center, Order Fulfillment Department, P.O. Box 26417, Alexandria, VA 22313-0417. Tel: 703-683-2878; Fax: 703-683-5769; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.headstartinfo.org. For full text: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/core/ongoing_research/faces/hs_pdf/ehsvol3.pdf.
Publication Type: 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.