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ERIC Number: ED518873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Two-Generational Child-Focused Program Enhanced with Employment Services: Eighteen-Month Impacts from the Kansas and Missouri Sites of the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project
Hsueh, JoAnn; Jacobs, Erin; Farrell, Mary
MDRC
Children living in poverty face considerable developmental risks. This report presents interim results from an evaluation of parental employment and educational services delivered within a two-generational, early childhood program targeting low-income families who are expecting a child or who have a child under age 3. This study is part of the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with additional funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program model tested here aims to dually address both the employment and educational needs of parents who are at risk of unemployment and the developmental needs of their young children. The program's effects are being studied by examining 610 families who were randomly assigned to a program group, which received the enhanced two-generational program, or to a control group, which could only access alternative services in the community. Key findings of this study include: (1) The programs increased their focus on parental employment and educational needs, but the implementation of the enhancements was weak; (2) Take-up of the enhanced parental employment and educational services was lower than expected; (3) The program increased families' receipt of child-focused developmental services, but the control group also reporting receiving high levels of such assistance; and (4) The short-term impacts of the program 18 months after families entered the study are mixed. This evaluation is in an early stage and will eventually include three and a half years of follow-up. Future investigation will be valuable in determining the extent to which the patterns of impacts presented here are enduring and robust over time. A final report is planned to be released in 2011. Appended are: (1) Response Bias Analysis: 18-Month Survey of Parents and Direct Child Assessments; (2) Characteristics of Sample Members at Baseline, by Child's Age; (3) Cost Analysis of the Programs in the Study Sites; (4) Impacts on Service Receipt; (5) Impacts on Child Care; (6) Impacts on Employment; and (7) Impacts on Parent and Child Outcomes. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 62 tables, 3 figures and 7 boxes.) [For Executive Summary, see ED518872.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Labor
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Missouri