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ERIC Number: ED496634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Parent Involvement: A New Question for Head Start. FPG Snapshot. #24
FPG Child Development Institute
Parent involvement in Head Start has been key since its inception in 1965. In contrast to other early childhood intervention programs in the early 1960s, the program broke ground by viewing parental participation as essential to both children's and families' growth and development. Research has demonstrated that greater parent involvement links to greater gains in children's cognitive, language, and socio-emotional growth. In the 21st century, a new question arises for Head Start--"How can we make parent involvement happen?" instead of "Is parent involvement important or beneficial for children's development?" A recent study by researchers at FPG Child Development Institute explores this question. Using objective and self-report measures of parent involvement from parents and teachers, the study determines to what extent and in what ways parents are involved in Head Start programs. The study also examines the relations between parent volunteering and family, teacher, and classroom characteristics. This report summarizes that study. [This FPG Snapshot was produced by the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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