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ERIC Number: ED517213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
A Year in Head Start: Children, Families and Programs. ACF-ORPRE Report
Aikens, Nikki; Tarullo, Louisa; Hulsey, Lara; Ross, Christine; West, Jerry; Xue, Yange
Administration for Children & Families
The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) was first launched in 1997 as a periodic longitudinal study of program performance. Successive nationally representative samples of Head Start children, their families, classrooms, and programs provide descriptive information on the population served; staff qualifications, credentials, beliefs and opinions; classroom practices and quality measures; and child and family outcomes. FACES includes a battery of direct child assessments across multiple domains. It also comprises interviews with the child's parents, teachers and program managers, as well as direct observations of classroom quality. This brief profiles the 3- and 4-year-old Head Start children and families who were newly enrolled in the program in fall 2006 (see Tarullo et al. 2008) and are still attending in spring 2007. The first section of the report provides background on the study methodology and sample. The next offers information on the children's characteristics, family demographics, and home life, including language background, educational environment of the home, family routines, and socioeconomic risk status. It includes information on parent involvement in Head Start and level of satisfaction with their own and their children's Head Start experiences. The following section chronicles children's developmental progress over the Head Start year, considering whether these outcomes vary by age, gender, race/ethnicity, or risk status. Changes in children's skills and development during the program year reflect a range of influences, including maturation, program and family influences, and other influences in children's lives. Presented next are the characteristics of their teachers and classrooms, including measures of observed quality. Finally, the last section examines the relationships among child, family, and classroom factors and children's outcomes. (Contains 2 tables, 16 figures and 52 notes.) [For related report, "Data Tables for FACES 2006: A Year in Head Start Report. ACF-ORPRE Report", see ED517209.]
Administration for Children & Families. US Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, Washington, DC 20447. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation; Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey