Descriptive Study of Families Served by Head Start

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: Tarullo, Louisa Ed.D.
202-205-8324

PIC ID: 6331

PERFORMER: Abt Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Descriptive Study of Head Start Bilingual/Multicultural Program Services

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: Joseph, Gail
202-205-8713

PIC ID: 5845

PERFORMER: STRA, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Early Head Start Research and Evaluation National Study

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: Tarullo, Louisa Ed.D.
202-205-8324

PIC ID: 3570

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Plainsboro, NJ

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

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

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: Bruce-Webb, Mary, Ph.D.
202-205-8628

PIC ID: 4393

PERFORMER: University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000