The Early Learning Mentor Coach (ELMC) Study examined professional development grants for mentor coaches to provide on-the-job guidance, technical assistance and training to classroom teaching staff, home visitors and family child care providers who work in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Coaches were to improve staff qualifications and training; assist grantees to promote positive, sustained outcomes for children; and promote career development in Head Start grantees. This descriptive study detailed the implementation of the Head Start coaching initiative and identified variations in approaches.
Approximately 20 percent of the coaches held another job position with the grantee in addition to the coach role, and 44 percent of the coaches reported spending at least some time each week doing work for the grantee that is not part of their coaching role. The coaches commonly worked in multiple centers; however, about one-fourth worked in only one center, while almost 40 percent worked in two to four centers and about one-third worked in five or more centers. About half of the coaches worked with 10 or fewer staff, whereas about one-fourth of the coaches worked with more than 20 staff. Both grantees and coaches reported that scheduling and staff availability were the biggest challenges to the success of the initiative.
Report Title: Early Learning Mentor Coach (ELMC) Study http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/early-learning-mentor-coach-study-elmc
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Wendy DeCourcey, 202-260-2039
Performer: American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Record ID: 10130 (March 31, 2013)