ERIC Number: ED494132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
More than Meets the Eye: Head Start Programs, Participants, Families, and Staff in 2005. Head Start Series. Policy Brief No. 8
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
This is the eighth brief in a series of Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) analyses of Head Start Program Information Report data. All Head Start programs are required to complete the Program Information Report (PIR) on an annual basis. Based on information reported through the PIR, this policy brief describes the characteristics of Head Start children and families and the services provided to them during the 2004-2005 program year. The data covers 3- and 4-year-old served in the Head Start preschool program; children under age 3 and pregnant women who are served in Early Head Start; children birth to age 5 served in the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program; and children served by the American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start programs. There are several changes to the PIR this year. Racial categories were rearranged to reflect that "Hispanic" is an ethnicity rather than a race. In addition, Head Start programs can now mark "unspecified" when they do not know the participant's home language or when the parent declined to report it. Also, for the first time in 2005, the programs could report the number of child development staff members with an associate's degree (A.A.) who are pursuing a bachelor's degree (B.A.). Finally, programs could report treatment services for two additional conditions: high lead levels and diabetes. (Contains 6 figures and 15 endnotes.) [For Policy Brief No. 7, see ED491134.]
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Participant Characteristics, Access to Health Care, Family Characteristics, Child Care, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Salaries
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Moriah Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.