ERIC Number: ED496299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reaching Out to Kith and Kin Caregivers in Early Head Start. Trends in Family Programs and Policy. Issue Brief #2
Paulsell, Diane; Mekos, Debra; Del Grosso, Patricia; Banghart, Patti; Nogales, Renee
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Research shows that home visitation programs targeted at the developmental needs of children can foster their well-being. The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project, funded by the Head Start Bureau in 2004, supports the quality of care that kith and kin caregivers provide to infants and toddlers enrolled in home-based Early Head Start programs. Pilot sites arrange home visits to caregivers, organize support group and training events, and give or lend materials, such as age-appropriate books and toys and home safety items. Mathematica, along with its partner the Urban Institute, is conducting a two-year evaluation of the pilot program to identify program models, document implementation strategies and challenges, learn about promising practices, and assess the quality of kith and kin child care settings. This brief describes the early implementation experiences of the pilot projects. It is based on visits to sites after one year of operation, as well as information on the characteristics of enrolled children, families, and caregivers. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Caregivers, Pilot Projects, Family Programs, Preschool Education, Child Development, Well Being, Home Visits, Young Children, Early Intervention, Child Care, Infants, Toddlers, Social Support Groups, Educational Resources, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Delivery Systems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.