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- Jun 09, 2016 2014 Head Start Preschool and Early Head Start State Profiles CLASP’s annual Head Start by the Numbers profiles provide data on Head Start participants, families, staff, and programs for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Feb 25, 2016 | Anitha Mohan and Christina Walker 2014 Data Demonstrates Crucial Role of Head Start for Children and Families
- Feb 17, 2016 | Stephanie Schmit and Christina Walker Disparate Access: Head Start and CCDBG Data by Race and Ethnicity
- Sep 17, 2015 | Olivia Golden, Christine Johnson-Staub, and Christina Walker CLASP Comments on Proposed Head Start Performance Standards CLASP submitted comments to the Office of Head Start regarding the proposed changes to the Head Start Performance Standards.
- Jun 01, 2015 | Olivia Golden and Christine Johnson-Staub CLASP Head Start Reauthorization Comments in Response to Chairman Kline These comments draw on the work of experts at CLASP who have been deeply involved in Head Start policy for decades at many different levels, including as a key stakeholder organization in the most recent 2007 Congressional reauthorization.
- Oct 30, 2014 | Christina Walker and Stephanie Schmit 2013 Head Start and Early Head Start State Profiles Each year, CLASP releases state-by-state analyses of the Head Start program. For the first time, CLASP is also releasing state-by-state analyses of Early Head Start programs.
- Aug 14, 2014 | Christina Walker Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2013 This fact sheet uses information reported through PIR to describe the children and families enrolled in the Head Start preschool program and the services provided to them during the 2012-2013 program year.
- Aug 14, 2014 | Christina Walker Early Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2013 This fact sheet uses information reported through the PIR to describe the children and families served in Early Head Start and the services provided to them during the 2012-2013 program year.
- Aug 14, 2014 | Stephanie Schmit Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2013 This fact sheet uses information reported through the PIR to describe the children and families served in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and the services provided to them during the 2012-2013 program year.
Jun 02, 2014
| Hannah Matthews and Stephanie Schmit
What State Leaders Should Know About Early Head Start
What State Leaders Should Know About Early Head Start provides a guide for state leaders less familiar with the Early Head Start program. It provides explanation on eleven Key areas of the Early Head Start program and suggests ways that state policymakers can align key areas of child care and early education with EHS.
Jun 02, 2014
| Hannah Matthews
State Child Care Subsidy Policies that Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships A Tool for States
State Child Care Subsidy Policies that Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: A Tool for States provides a menu of state child care assistance policies that states could consider to improve continuity and stability for children and families in the subsidy system and to support child care providers receiving child care subsidy payments.
- Apr 04, 2014 | Child Care and Early Education Head Start State Fact Sheets 2012
- Oct 17, 2013 | Stephanie Schmit Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2012 This fact sheet reviews the 2012 Program Information Report (PIR) data for the Head Start preschool program, which serves children ages 3 and 4. In 2012, Head Start continued to provide vital services to a diverse group of low-income children and families. However, only 42 percent of eligible children receive Head Start preschool services
- Feb 14, 2014 | Olivia Golden and Hannah Matthews CLASP Comments on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships CLASP offered comments to the Administration for Children and Families on the upcoming Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships funding opportunity.
- Oct 17, 2013 | Stephanie Schmit Early Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2012 This fact sheet reviews the 2012 Program Information Report (PIR) data for the Early Head Start program, which serves children under age 3 and pregnant women. In 2012, Early Head Start continued to provide vital services to a diverse group of low-income children and families. However, only about 4 percent of eligible children receive Early Head Start services.
- Dec 13, 2013 | Tom Salyers and Hannah Matthews CLASP Q& A on Budget Deal As pundits dissect the proposed budget deal hammered out by the committee co-chaired by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), CLASP is examining the proposal with a focus on how it affects low-income children, families and individuals. Following are questions about the deal with responses from several CLASP experts.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Hannah Matthews Impact of Government Shutdown On Child Care and Early Education Programs Congress did not enact a continuing resolution bill by midnight September 30, thereby triggering a partial government shutdown effective October 1. We hope that most child care and early education programs will continue operating as usual, but that will depend on how long the shutdown lasts and the circumstances of individual states.
- Sep 13, 2012 | Stephanie Schmit and Jamie Colvard Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk All babies need good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences to foster their healthy intellectual, social, and emotional development. Unfortunately, far too few young children receive the supports they need to build a strong foundation for future growth. The federal Early Head Start (EHS) program was created in 1994 to address the comprehensive needs of children under age 3 in low-income families and vulnerable low-income pregnant women. Research shows that EHS positively impacts children's cognitive, language, and social-emotional development; family self-sufficiency; and parental support of child development. This report highlights how states are using innovative funding, policies, and partnerships, to expand the critically important EHS program and better meet the needs of more low-income children and pregnant women living in their state.
- Sep 11, 2012 | Hannah Matthews At Risk: Early Care and Education Funding and Sequestration Sequestration was created in August 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which ended that year's showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling. Because Congress failed to come up with a deficit reduction plan, the Budget Control Act calls for $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over the next decade, divided equally between defense and "non-defense discretionary" programs. This fact sheet explains how these cuts will impact federal early care and education funding and what can be done to prevent them.
- Mar 28, 2012 | Stephanie Schmit and Danielle Ewen Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start in 2010
- Feb 07, 2012 | Stephanie Schmit and Danielle Ewen Putting Children and Families First: Head Start Programs in 2010 This policy brief examines the latest data from the Program Information Reports (PIR) that all Head Start programs must submit to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, Head Start served more participants than the previous year. PIR data show that Head Start is continuing to provide critical services for poor children and their families. Families continued to seek Head Start services at a high rate and nearly all children had health insurance at the end of the program year. Challenges still exist as teachers' salaries remain stagnant and the percent of teachers with degrees decreased slightly from 2009 to 2010.
- Jun 02, 2011 | Elizabeth Hoffmann & Danielle Ewen What State Leaders Should Know About Early Head Start
- Jan 20, 2011 | Child Care and Early Education Make the Case for Child Care, Head Start Investments
- Oct 18, 2010 | CLASP and ZERO TO THREE Including and Expanding Early Head Start in State Early Childhood Systems In May 2010, five state teams came together in Stowe, Vermont, with representatives from ZERO TO THREE and CLASP to discuss ways that Early Head Start could be included in state early childhood systems. This webpage provides links to these resources to help all states reflect on how they can promote high-quality services like Early Head Start for infants and toddlers.
- Jun 23, 2009 | Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews Early Childhood Education In The ARRA: Opportunities For Helping Low-income Children And Their Families This presentation highlights funding opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for supporting young children and their families, quality early learning experiences, and healthy and supportive communities.
- Mar 18, 2009 | Danielle Ewen Testimony On Growing Federal Investments In Head Start And Early Head Start This testimony, presented on March 18, 2009 to the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, discusses the importance of Head Start/Early Head Start programs that support our most vulnerable infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
- Aug 14, 2008 | Rachel Schumacher and Elizabeth DiLauro (ZERO TO THREE) State Early Head Start Initiative Profiles CLASP and ZERO TO THREE conducted in-depth interviews with 10 states taking actions to build on Early Head Start. These individual profiles of state initiatives include data on the approaches used to build on Early Head Start, the state program, funding and supports, governance and coordination, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Jan 22, 2007 | Helene Stebbins and L. Carol Scott Better Outcomes For All: Promoting Partnerships Between Head Start And State Pre-K This report, a collaboration between CLASP and Pre-K Now, examines how Head Start and state pre-kindergarten programs can work together to best serve young children and their families. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with state pre-k program directors, Head Start collaboration coordinators, and providers of both Head Start and state pre-k programs in five states. The report finds that collaborations led to the enrollment of more children; the availability of more full-day, full-year options; and improvements in the quality of programs across settings. All of those interviewed for the report noted that collaboration is possible under current law and that it is well worth the effort.