Multigenerational Head Start participation: An unexpected marker of progress

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Chor, Elise
Date Issued: January/February 2018
Description: One-quarter of the Head Start population has a mother who participated in the program as a child. This study uses experimental Head Start Impact Study (HSIS) data on 3- and 4-year-olds (N = 2,849) to describe multigenerational Head Start families and their program experiences. In sharp contrast to full-sample HSIS findings, Head Start has large, positive impacts on cognitive and socioemotional development through third grade among the children of former participant mothers, including improved mathematics skills and reductions in withdrawn and aggressive behavior. Evidence suggests that differences in program impacts between single- and multigenerational Head Start families are driven largely by differences in family resources and home learning environments. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Child Development
Volume Number: 89
Issue Number: 1
Page Range: 264-279
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness

Parents & Families

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Early Head Start/Head Start
Country: United States
ISSN: 0009-3920 Paper
1467-8624 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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