Health and Disabilities Services in Early Head Start: Are Families Getting Needed Health Care Services?

Published: January 15, 2004
Early Head Start
Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project (EHSRE), 1996-2010 | Learn more about this project
EHSRE Study Reports

In 1995, a new federal initiative aimed at enhancing the development of infants and toddlers began with 68 grantees. This program, named Early Head Start by the Secretary’s Advisory Committee that created it, has grown into a national initiative with more than 700 grantees serving more than 55,000 families around the country. Seventeen of the initial program grantees participated in a national evaluation and local research studies that documented the implementation process and assessed program impacts and outcomes (Administration for Children and Families [ACF] 2002a and 2002b). These 17 research programs, which resemble all Early Head Start programs funded in 1995 and 1996, were the first to design and implement programs to meet the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] 1996).