TITLE: Evaluation of Head Start Family Child Care Homes

ABSTRACT: This evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the Head Start Family Child Care Homes (HSFCCH) demonstration projects, funded by the Agency for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) during Fiscal Year 1992. It will determine the quality of Head Start services provided in FCC homes, and whether these services meet quality standards, including Head Start Program Performance Standards. It will also compare services delivered in FCC homes to those delivered in Head Start centers. Eighteen program grants were awarded for a three year project period. Head Start grantees participating in the demonstration have at least forty children in the year prior to kindergarten entrance enrolled in the HSFCC program, and a comparable number of children enrolled in the center-based program. Children are randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. Data will be collected on the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development of the two cohorts of children participating in the study. A series of interviews will be conducted with parents, family child care providers, grantee staff and administrators. Systematic observation of program service delivery is also employed to assess effectiveness.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Louisa Tarullo, Ed.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-8324

PIC ID: 4975

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: RMC Research Corporation, Portsmouth, NH

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/99
 

TITLE: Evaluation of the Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Transition Demonstration

ABSTRACT: This evaluation of the Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Demonstration projects will assess the effectiveness of providing comprehensive, continuous and coordinated services to Head Start families and children from the time of Head Start enrollment through the third grade. Working in concert with local evaluators, the contractor will develop a set of common data collection instruments to be used across all sites. The project will provide data regarding the effectiveness of the Transition Project models in maintaining the gains that children and families achieve while in Head Start. The evaluation and the demonstrations were mandated by the Head Start reauthorization legislation. Other studies completed during the ten years prior to 1992, notably the Head Start Transition Study and Developmental Continuity, did not provide information on the experiences or services extended to children after leaving Head Start. Additionally, these studies collected only limited data on families, the institutions and the community. This study is intended to supplement these other studies.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mary Bruce-Webb, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-8628

PIC ID: 4393

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: University of Alabama Birmingham, AL

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/20/99
 

TITLE: Descriptive Study of Families Served by Head Start

ABSTRACT: This three-year descriptive study will provide information on a nationally representative sample of families served by Head Start in forty programs across the country. Through a survey and more intensive case study methods, the study will chart families' demographics, strengths, needs, expectations and experiences within Head Start programs, as well as programmatic efforts to join in partnership with families. (See PIC ID 6331.1)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Louisa Tarullo, Ed.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-8324

PIC ID: 6331

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Abt Associates, Inc. Cambridge, MA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 7/18/99
 

TITLE: Evaluation of the Head Start Family Service Center Demonstrations

ABSTRACT: This project conducted an evaluation of the 41 Family Service Center Demonstrations through a consortium of local evaluators. The contractor provided coordination, technical assistance and analysis on common data elements across sites to yield a coordinated and integrated summary of process and impact evaluations. The consortium approach ensured a consistent and technically sound method of evaluating these demonstrations of how Head Start can collaborate with community programs to meet the needs of Head Start families dealing with problems such as illiteracy, substance abuse and unemployment. The contractor also reviewed local evaluation reports to identify lessons to be learned.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Henry Doan, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-2667

PIC ID: 4394

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Abt Associates, Inc. Cambridge, MA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Study of the Characteristics of Families Served by Head Start Migrant Programs

ABSTRACT: This study will document and describe the implementation of 26 Head Start Migrant programs. It will provide a profile of Head Start migrant families in the main migratory streams, and generate information on unique issues related to serving migrant families through Head Start programs. It will also document the availability and coordination of services for Head Start families during their migration. Finally, it will provide a national estimate of the number of eligible migrant children versus the number of those children being served by the Migrant Head Start programs. Findings from the study will be used to inform future policy decisions on Head Start migrant programs, as well as the new Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers. Data sources for this study have included Head Start grantee directors, staff and parents, children's health records, State and local agencies and associations providing services to migrant Head Start families, current grantee applications, and On-Site Program Review Instrument reports maintained by the Migrant Programs Branch. A final data source will be one or more of the 3 databases containing information and statistics on the migrant population.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Michael Lopez

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-8212

PIC ID: 4974

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Aquirre International San Mateo, CA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Descriptive Study of Head Start Bilingual/Multicultural Program Services

ABSTRACT: Head Start currently serves a diverse range of bilingual and multicultural children and families, and has developed innovative strategies to serve the unique needs of these populations. As the number of bilingual and multicultural children and families increases, several issues must be addressed. First, the number, geographic distribution, and sociodemographic characteristics of the Head Start eligible population for different cultural and linguistic groups must be assessed regionally and nationally. The number and nature of bilingual and multicultural children actually served by the Head Start program must also be determined as well as the range of bilingual and multicultural services provided nationally. Finally, there is need for an in-depth assessment of the service models, staff training approaches, community partnerships, and administrative plans and processes of a sample of 30 Head Start programs that have developed innovative methods for addressing diverse cultural and linguistic needs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Henry Doan, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-2667

PIC ID: 5845

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: STRA, Inc. Washington D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Early Head Start Research and Evaluation National Study

ABSTRACT: The Early Head Start National Study will evaluate the effectiveness of the Early Head Start (EHS) program in fifteen diverse communities: Brattleboro, Vermont; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Sumter, South Carolina; Russellville, Arkansas; Marshalltown, Iowa; Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Logan, Utah; Jackson, Michigan; Auburn, Washington; Grandview, Washington; and Venice, California. The study will examine child, family, staff and community outcomes in a sample of 3,400 children and their families, who will be randomly selected into program and comparison groups when the mothers are pregnant or children are under 12 months of age. Assessments of children, families and child care environments will be made when children are 14, 24, and 36 months of age. Service use interviews will be conducted every six months, and programs will be visited each year. The study will produce the following reports: (1) Descriptive Study of EHS Programs; (2) Study of Program Variations; (3) Pathways to Early Head Start Quality; (4) Interim Study of Outcomes; (5) Longitudinal Study of EHS Outcomes; and (6) Selected Policy Papers.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Louisa Tarullo, Ed.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-8324

PIC ID: 3570

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/00