The effects of the Head Start classroom experience on some aspects of child development: A summary report of national evaluations, 1966–1969.

This report summarizes the findings of previous technical reports on the immediate changes in child development associated with Head Start and presents a statement of the extent to which these changes have been enhanced or attenuated by different program experiences for different children. Background information presented includes an overview of the findings; a history of Project Head Start; and an overview of Head Start Evaluations (descriptive studies, on-site research and evaluation studies, national impact studies, national interaction model studies). A section devoted to design and measurement examines methodological issues, design issues, data collection, measures, and statistical analytic models. A section on findings covers questions concerned with characteristics of Head Start children and families, effectiveness of Head Start programs and teacher approaches, and children’s performance gains. A discussion section examines factors influencing developmental changes and implications for early childhood intervention. Appendices are (1) Measure Selection and Psychometric Characteristics and (2) Selection of Variables for Analysis.

This report summarizes the findings of previous technical reports on the immediate changes in child development associated with Head Start and presents a statement of the extent to which these changes have been enhanced or attenuated by different program experiences for different children. Background information presented includes an overview of the findings; a history of Project Head Start; and an overview of Head Start Evaluations (descriptive studies, on-site research and evaluation studies, national impact studies, national interaction model studies). A section devoted to design and measurement examines methodological issues, design issues, data collection, measures, and statistical analytic models. A section on findings covers questions concerned with characteristics of Head Start children and families, effectiveness of Head Start programs and teacher approaches, and children’s performance gains. A discussion section examines factors influencing developmental changes and implications for early childhood intervention. Appendices are (1) Measure Selection and Psychometric Characteristics and (2) Selection of Variables for Analysis.

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