KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Parenting and Head Start/Early Head Start Renewal and Recompetition

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 03:56 PM

What Does School Readiness Mean?

Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) aims to get children from low-income families ready for school.  According to The Head Start Approach to School Readiness-Overview, this means, "children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children. . . . For parents and families, school readiness means they are engaged in the long-term, lifelong success of their child. Head Start recognizes that parents are their children's primary teachers and advocates.”  As discussed in earlier posts, because parenting quality is the strongest predictor of child success, a strong focus on parenting makes sense.  Following the recent report from the Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation; the emphasis on parenting in HS/EHS programs is likely to increase. 


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Tags: Parenting Assessment, Early Head Start, Recompetition, Head Start, Monitoring, Renewal

Head Start/Early Head Start: Renew & Compete with Parenting Outcomes

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 05:37 PM


Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) was modeled on well-researched interventions that included strong parenting services as part of the program.  HS/EHS has taken strides in returning to two of its original tenets, honoring the parent-child relationship and empowering parents to nurture their children’s learning and development.  The Office of Head Start infused new energy into partnering with families by establishing a National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE).  One of the Center’s first tasks was to introduce the PFCE Framework. This is a thoughtful guide for programs to follow in building relationships with families that support family well-being, parent-child relationships, and ongoing learning and development for children so they are ready for school and successful in their early school years. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, Early Head Start, Recompetition, Head Start, Monitoring