ERIC Number: ED484648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Head Start Comprehensive Services: A Key Support for Early Learning for Poor Children. Head Start Series. CLASP Policy Brief No. 4
Irish, Kate; Schumacher, Rachel; Lombardi, Joan
Center for Law and Social Policy CLASP
This policy brief is the fourth of a series of analyses of Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data by CLASP. Head Start, a federal early education program for low-income children and families, was scheduled to be reauthorized by Congress in 2003 and may still be considered in 2004. Today, these programs provide, directly or through referrals, a range of services to support families and early learning. This policy brief uses available information to describe those services. Data is presented from Head Start Program Information Reports (PIR) from the most recent program year, 2001-2002, and compare them, when possible, to national data on the services low-income children and families receive. Some of the main findings are: (1) Head Start children appear more likely to receive screenings for medical conditions than low income children enrolled in Medicaid managed care; (2) Head Start children tend to be more up-to-date in their immunizations than other children; (3) Head Start children are more likely to receive a dental exam and preventive dental treatment than other low-income children; (4) Almost one-quarter of the 7,669 pregnant women enrolled in Early Head Start had pregnancies that were identified as medically "high risk"; (5) Thirteen percent of Head Start children were diagnosed with a disability in 2002, and 93 percent of those children received special services; and (6) Head Start helps families access a variety of support services through direct provision or referrals. (Contains 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Young Children, Pregnancy, Low Income Groups, Integrated Services, Dental Health, Preschool Education, Disabilities, Child Health, Early Intervention
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.