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Challenges in needs assessment: The Head Start Needs Assessment National Analysis
Hung, Hsin-Ling (Sonya), June, 2013
Evaluation and Program Planning, 38(), 13-18

Needs assessment (NA) is conducted to identify discrepancies that guide the development and improvement of services. In this article we focus on methodological issues in a secondary analysis of a multi-site, national needs assessment. Understanding challenges in such a context is important for needs assessors. The Head Start needs assessment project is a good illustration of the problems that can be encountered. Lessons learned will be useful for advancing NA practice in the future. (author abstract)

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Considering child care and parenting needs in Veterans Affairs mental health services
Tsai, Jack, August, 2013
Evaluation and Program Planning, 39(), 19-22

Child care and parenting needs of adults with mental illness are of growing concern, especially among those seeking Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health services. One area of interest concerns the possible benefits that on-site child care could have for improving veterans' access to VA mental health care. Child care programs are currently being piloted at the VA for the first time, although the need for them has not been evaluated. We conducted a brief survey of a convenience sample of 147 veterans (132 men, 15 women) seeking mental health care at outpatient clinics and/or at a psychiatric rehabilitation center at one VA. Participants were asked about their attitudes and experiences regarding child care and parenting support at the VA. Of the 52 (35.4%) participants who responded and had children under 18, the majority of both men and women surveyed agreed that the VA should offer child care services and that they would use child care services at the VA if it were available. These results are based on a small sample of participants, but they may contribute to ongoing discussion and efforts to develop "family-friendly" mental health services. (author abstract)

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The protective function of after-school programming and parent education and support for students at risk for substance abuse
Morrison, Gale M., August 2000
Evaluation and Program Planning, 23(3), 365-371

An examination of the impact of an after school program on children at risk for substance abuse, in terms of parent support, children's social skills, and classroom participation

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Quality improvements in the early care and education workforce: Outcomes and impact of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project
Miller, Joyce Ann, August 2009
Evaluation and Program Planning, 32(3), 257-277

A longitudinal analysis of the academic achievement, compensation, employment, knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to early childhood education practice and classroom quality from three cohorts of participants in Pennsylvania’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) entering the program in fiscal years 1998/1999, 1999/2000, and 2000/2001

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School-based child care for children of teen parents: Evaluation of an urban program designed to keep young mothers in school
Crean, Hugh, 2001
Evaluation and Program Planning, 24(3), 267-275

An evaluation of an urban school-based program designed to keep young teen mothers in school by providing free on-site child care for their infants and toddlers, parenting classes, and referral to other service agencies

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Sibling caretaking in immigrant families: Understanding cultural practices to inform child welfare practice and evaluation
Hafford, Carol, August 2010
Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(3), 294-302

A discussion of sibling caretaking in immigrant families, in which older children supervise and socialize younger children, and implications for child welfare practice and evaluation

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Work or welfare?: Assessing the impacts of recent employment and policy changes on very young children
Brady-Smith, Christy, 2001
Evaluation and Program Planning, 24(4), 409-425

A review of current workforce trends, state-level welfare policy changes, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) and their implication for children’s well being

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