ERIC Number: ED491137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-6
Preparing for Success: How Head Start Helps Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Ewen, Danielle; Neas, Katherine Beh
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Head Start programs provide critical comprehensive services for young children with or at risk of developing disabilities. Both the Head Start Act and federal Head Start performance standards require a mix of outreach, early child assessments, and evaluations, followed by comprehensive educational, medical, and social services provided in an inclusive, integrated environment. This mix of services, in turn, helps to address the needs of children with disabilities and their families while helping prepare children for school. It is critical that any Head Start reauthorization proposal retain the protections and services the federal Head Start performance standards require for children with disabilities and their families, as well as the inclusive programming that benefits children with and without disabilities. (Contains 23 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Disabilities, Social Services, Integrated Services, Preschool Education, Early Intervention, Program Effectiveness, High Risk Students, Outreach Programs, School Readiness
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Web site: http://www.clasp.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.