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Michelle F. Maier – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2023
Head Start uses a whole-family approach to support the well-being of children and families with low incomes. As a two-generation model, Head Start provides comprehensive services for families and children from birth through age 5, and family support services for parents. Intentional alignment and coordination across these services is expected to…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Federal Programs, Social Services, Family Programs
Caroline Lauver; Harshini Shah; Louisa Tarullo – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2023
Head Start programs engage parents to support children's growth from birth through age 5 through services that promote early learning and development, health, and family well-being. These programs specifically seek to assist families with low incomes and families facing a variety of other adversities. The Head Start REACH: Strengthening Outreach,…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Young Children, Family (Sociological Unit)
Molly F. Gordon; Carol Hafford; Mitchell R. Barrows; Stacy B. Ehrlich Loewe; Kyle DeMeo Cook; Melissa Gutwein; Cristina Carrazza; Rachel C. Feldman; Tamara G. Halle; Kristie Kauerz – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2023
The Understanding Children's Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten (HS2K) Project was a multi-year project funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. The purpose of this project was to better understand how to improve children's…
Descriptors: Social Services, Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Transitional Programs
Baxter, Cassandra; Aikens, Nikki; Tarullo, Louisa; Ayoub, Cathy; Roberts, Joanne; Mondi-Rago, Christina; Gaither, McMillan Ilderton – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
This literature review aims to understand who is and is not being served by Head Start among families experiencing adversity; the range of recruitment, selection, enrollment, and retention (RSER) strategies that programs use with families experiencing adversity; the factors that shape the use of RSER strategies; and the effectiveness of specific…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Social Services, Stress Variables
Doran, Elizabeth; Reid, Natalie; Bernstein, Sara; Nguyen, Tutrang; Dang, Myley; Li, Ann; Kopack Klein, Ashley; Rakibullah, Sharika; Scott, Myah; Cannon, Judy; Harrington, Jeff; Larson, Addison; Tarullo, Louisa; Malone, Lizabeth – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Head Start is a national program that helps young children from families with low income get ready to succeed in school. It does this by working to promote their early learning and health and their families' well-being. The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) provides national information about Head Start programs and…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Social Services, Children
Xue, Yange; Del Grosso, Patricia; Carlson, Barbara – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Partnerships between Early Head Start (EHS) programs and child care providers aim to increase access to high quality, comprehensive services that meet the needs of infants and toddlers from families with low incomes. Quality in early care and education matters. In prior research, high quality early care and education was associated with better…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Child Care Centers, Partnerships in Education, Early Intervention
Harding, Jessica F.; Nguyen, Tutrang; Malone, Lizabeth; Atkins-Burnett, Sally; Tarullo, Louisa; Aikens, Nikki – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
In spring 2020, in response to the COVID-19 (for coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, many early care and education centers, including Head Start centers, closed their physical buildings and changed their operations to virtual. Because of health and safety restrictions, OPRE was unable to directly assess children's skills in spring 2020 for the…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Social Services, Experience
Doran, Elizabeth; Li, Ann; Aikens, Nikki; Dang, Myley; Kopack Klein, Ashley; Reid, Natalie; Scott, Myah; Rakibullah, Sharika; Cannon, Judy; Harrington, Jeff; Larson, Addison; Bernstein, Sara; Tarullo, Louisa; Malone, Lizabeth – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Head Start is a national program that helps young children from families with low incomes get ready to succeed in school. It does this by working to promote their early learning and health and their families' well-being. The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) provides national information about Head Start programs and…
Descriptors: Social Services, Low Income Students, Federal Programs, Family Relationship
Loewe, Stacy B. Ehrlich; Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Francis, John; Kabourek, Sarah; Halle, Tamara; Barrows, Mitchell R. – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Existing research suggests that some transition activities (e.g., visits to kindergarten classrooms, home visits by teachers, sharing information with families) initiated by early care and education (ECE) settings, kindergarten teachers and elementary schools, and/or families can have small, positive associations with children's outcomes in…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Transitional Programs, Family Involvement
Lin, Van-Kim; Alvira-Hammond, Marta; Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Ehrlich Loewe, Stacy B.; Halle, Tamara; Barrows, Mitchell R.; du Toit, Nola – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs uniquely support the frequent transitions, including the transition to kindergarten, that children in migrant and seasonal families may experience. Lessons learned from how MSHS programs support transitions may have implications for MSHS and other federally funded early care and education (ECE)…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Social Services, Migrant Education
Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Barrows, Mitchell R.; Loewe, Stacy B. Ehrlich; Lin, Van-Kim; du Toit, Nola – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
The analyses presented here are part of a larger project, "Understanding Children's Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten" (HS2K), a joint research venture between NORC at the University of Chicago, Child Trends, and the National P-3 Center at University of Colorado Denver, with funding from the U.S. Administration for Children and…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Low Income Students, Social Services, Kindergarten
Jones, Christopher; Shah, Harshini; Xue, Yange – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Adults who provide care and education to young children have a great responsibility, as children's early environment and relationships have profound and lifelong effects. The Early Head Start conceptual framework recognizes that the characteristics of teachers and home visitors who deliver core Early Head Start services to children and families…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Federal Programs, Social Services, Home Visits
Bernstein, Sara; Reid, Natalie; Harrington, Jeffrey; Malone, Lizabeth – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2022
Head Start is an essential part of the programs and funding streams that provide early care and education (ECE) services to young children in the U.S. Head Start focuses on supporting children and families with low incomes, but also contributes to the broader effort to expand access to high quality ECE for all young children. Programs and…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Social Services, Federal Programs, Early Childhood Education
Anne Douglass; Kathryn Tout; Stephanie Doyle – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2021
Early care and education (ECE) leaders often consider new content, curricula, and models to include in their quality improvement (QI) toolkit. The Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) centers equity in its approach to engaging staff at all levels in an ECE program. It is a promising approach for center-based ECE programs (with the potential to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Child Care Centers, Educational Quality