ERIC Number: ED479321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
National Head Start Impact Research: Report to Congress.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
This mandated report to Congress describes the background and purposes of a national study of Head Start impact, the progress of the study, current activities to conduct a field test and prepare for the main study, and the projected timeline for study completion. The report notes that in 2000, a contract was awarded to determine on a national basis--and using rigorous methods--how Head Start affects the school readiness of participating children as compared to nonenrolled children and to determine the conditions under which Head Start works best and for which children. The designated Head Start Impact Study is a longitudinal study involving 5,000 to 6,000 first-time enrolled 3- and 4-year-olds across approximately 75 nationally representative grantee/delegate agencies. Children will be randomly assigned to either a Head Start or a control group. A field test, initiated in 2001, runs parallel with the site recruitment for the main study to gain information on various measures and procedures. The sampling plan excludes children in Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start programs, and programs operated by Tribal organizations, as well as extremely new programs, programs severely out of compliance with program performance standards, and programs in "saturated" communities. Included in this report are descriptions of the sampling plan, field test, main study site recruitment plans, data collection plans, local study staff roles, the use of parental notification and written informed consent, and a timetable for the Head Start Impact Study. The report concludes by pointing out that Health and Human Services is pleased with the progress of study activities to date and remains committed to ensuring that the study remains on schedule and addresses the full set of legislative requirements. (KB)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Data Collection, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.headstartinfo.org. For full text: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/core/ongoing_research/hs/impact_reports.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.