This study examined the population of 3- and 4-year-olds who entered head Start for the first time in fall 2006, their families, and their classrooms.
Children made progress in a range of cognitive and non-cognitive skills during their first year in Head Start, with children making the greatest gains relative to their same-age peers in letter-word knowledge. Children were enrolled in Head Start classrooms that, on average, met professional standards for group size and child-to-staff ratio and were in the adequate range on standard measure of classroom quality.
Report Title: Head Start Children go to Kindergarten Report http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/faces/reports/hs_kindergarten/hs_kindergarten.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9761 (Report completed February 15, 2011)