Descriptive Study of Children and Families Served by Migrant Head Start

This study describes the implementation of 26 Head Start Migrant programs. It characterizes the current Migrant Head Start (MHS) client population; provides an overall description of the MHS service delivery system and operational issues affecting both the nationwide service delivery system and local centers; and estimates the universe of need for MHS services and proportion of MHS-eligible families currently served. Primary data collection activities included the Migrant Head Start Parent Survey; the MHS Program Directors' Surveys; the MHS Survey of Social Service Providers and the MHS Health Records Review. In addition, a special analysis was conducted of multi-year data from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) to determine the extent to which the current system of service delivery is available to the overall population of eligible families and whether there were major demographic or socioeconomic differences between the population enrolled in the MHS program and the overall MHS-eligible population. The findings revealed the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population served by MHS fairly closely approximate those of the general population of families eligible for MHS. However, the profile of families served by MHS programs in "upstream" areas more closely approximate the profile of the overall MHS-eligible population than does the profile of families served in "home base" areas. Other findings indicate the need for MHS services greatly exceeds system capacity and conducting a risk assessment of family needs could assure that MHS services reach those children and families among the MHS-eligible population who are at highest risk.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families


PIC ID: 4974

PERFORMER: Aquirre International
San Mateo, CA

Evaluation of the Head Start Family Service Center Demonstration Projects

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


PIC ID: 4394

PERFORMER: Abt Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

Serving Homeless Families: Descriptions, Effective Practices, and Lessons Learned

In 1993, the Head Start Bureau (HSB) of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families funded 16 Head Start grantees to implement demonstration projects for homeless children and their families. This report provides the following information about the demonstration projects: (1) the characteristics of the projects and families served, (2) critical issues relevant to project implementation, (3) challenges encountered and effective practices with respect to each issue, and (4) key lessons learned.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families


PIC ID: 5598

PERFORMER: National Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center
Arlington, VA