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What is Head Start

Supporting Children’s Well-Being During Early Childhood Transition to School
A federally funded preschool program providing comprehensive early childhood education, nutrition, health, mental health, and family support services to low-income families in the United States.
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Understanding Head Start Children's Transitions to Kindergarten: Data From the Family and Child Experiences Survey
Louisa Tarullo (Mathematica, USA), Nikki Aikens (Mathematica, USA), Lizabeth Malone (Mathematica, USA), Ashley Kopack Klein (Mathematica, USA), and Jennifer Acosta (Mathematica, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4435-8.ch012
Participating in Head Start can prepare children and families for success in kindergarten and beyond. A growing body of research suggests that continuity in high-quality learning experiences is critical for maintaining children's success. Transition practices can provide such continuity and improve children's outcomes. Head Start is in a strong position to help build that continuity to support parents and children. This chapter provides in-depth analyses of Head Start children's transitions to kindergarten from multiple respondent perspectives, using data from two cohorts of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey. Although most Head Start centers/programs and receiving schools conduct activities to promote smooth transitions and supportive relationships, fewer are intentional about supporting an alignment of standards, curricula, and assessments across educational settings.
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The Importance of Investing in Early Childhood Development and the Role of Families
A Federal program in the United States that focuses on improving the school readiness of children up to age five from low-income families by improving their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
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Stemming the Opioid Crisis With Three-Year-Olds in Rural America: More Than Just Saying No!
Comprehensive federal program providing health, nutrition and educational services for children birth to five years old whose families are classified as “in poverty” according to federal guidelines.
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A Comprehensive Professional Development Approach for Supporting Science, Technology, and Engineering Curriculum in Preschool: Connecting Contexts for Dual Language Learners
A federally funded program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families (see ).
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