This study profiled the second year in the program for 5-year old children and their families who were newly enrolled in Head Start as 3-year old children in fall 2006 and were still attending in spring 2008.
Families of children who entered Head Start as 3-year olds faced many of the same challenges as the children who completed their second year in the program. Families of children entering as 3-year olds actively engaged in activities that supported their children's learning and reported positive experiences and engagement in Head Start. For example, despite the prevalence of household-level poverty, single parenthood, low education, and primarily speaking a language other than English at home, these families generally ensure that important resources and supports for children are in place. The majority of children have health insurance and their parents report active involvement in their learning through home- or community-based activities.
Report Title: A Second Year in Head Start: Characteristics and Outcomes of Children Who Entered the Program at Age Three http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/faces/reports/program_agethree/program_agethree.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9760 (Report completed February 15, 2011)