ERIC Number: EJ1071200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Chronic Homelessness, Head Start, and Changing Federal Policies: Teaching and Learning at Hawthorne House
Bullough, Robert V., Jr.; Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M.
Urban Education, v50 n6 p631-659 Sep 2015
Federal policy changes for Head Start (HS) elevate the importance of measured academic performance over other traditional program aims, particularly those associated with the social-emotional development of children. Concerned about the possible effects of these changes on children, based on observations and interviews, detailed portraits of teachers, parents, and children in a program serving the chronically homeless were constructed. Based on these portraits, the authors conclude that the question that has largely directed studies of HS--"does Head Start do any lasting good?"--is the wrong guiding question for policy. The better question is "What is good for them now?"
Descriptors: Homeless People, Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Academic Achievement, Social Development, Emotional Development, Observation, Interviews, Educational Change, Public Policy, Outcomes of Education, Kindergarten, School Readiness, Poverty, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Administrator Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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