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ERIC Number: ED538030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What State Leaders Should Know about Early Head Start
Hoffmann, Elizabeth; Ewen, Danielle
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Although Early Head Start (EHS) is a federal-to-local program, there are opportunities for collaboration at the state level that have expanded in recent years. State leaders can seize opportunities to break down silos and create collaborative state systems and programs to better meet the needs of vulnerable young children in their states. This paper reviews 11 key aspects of how the federal Early Head Start program works. Each section includes considerations for state leaders, such as how other state systems relate to a particular aspect of EHS, or what types of policy changes and partnerships states could consider to coordinate and leverage EHS resources with other state programs. Each section concludes with links to related online resources. This paper is designed to serve as an introduction to the program for state policymakers. The key aspects discussed in this paper are: (1) grantees and delegates; (2) federal-to-local structure and funding process; (3) eligible population; (4) comprehensive EHS services; (5) program delivery options; (6) ratios, group sizes, and caseloads; (7) staff qualifications; (8) training, technical assistance, and professional development; (9) monitoring and oversight; (10) data reporting; and (11) state collaboration directors. (Contains 45 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)