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ERIC Number: ED538041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010. Brief No. 11
Schmit, Stephanie; Ewen, Danielle
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Since 1965, Head Start has provided high quality early education and comprehensive support services to the nation's poorest children from ages 3 through school age. In 1994, the federal Early Head Start (EHS) program was created to address the comprehensive needs of poor children under age 3 and pregnant women. Head Start and Early Head Start's comprehensive early childhood development programs provide children and families with access to a range of services such as health screenings, referrals and follow-up support, parenting resources, and social services. Programs emphasize the importance of parental involvement and staff work to cultivate parents' abilities as their children's first teachers. Research demonstrates that Head Start and Early Head Start have had positive impacts on the lives of children and families. All Head Start programs are required to complete the Program Information Report (PIR) on an annual basis. Based on information reported through the PIR by grantees, this analysis describes the characteristics of Early Head Start children, families, and staff, and the services provided to them from the 2002 through 2010 program years. Specifically, this brief looks at program years 2002, 2006 (when the last CLASP brief was written), 2009, and 2010. (Contains 10 figures and 38 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; George Gund Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy