Pathways to Quality and Full Implementation in Early Head Start Programs

Published: December 15, 2002
Early Head Start
Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project (EHSRE), 1996-2010 | Learn more about this project
EHSRE Study Reports

To meet multiple purposes, the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation project included an implementation study, a study of program impacts through the children’s second and third birthdays, continuous improvement feedback, local research, and special policy studies (on such topics as child care, fathers, health and disabilities, and welfare reform). In addition, longitudinal followup is under way as the children transition through Head Start and other preschool programs and enter kindergarten. Implementation data were collected through three rounds of site visits, surveys of program staff in fall 1997 and 1999, and observations in Early Head Start and community centers. The implementation study tells the story of the programs’ development through their early years, examining the nature and extent of implementation in key program areas and the quality of crucial child development services. The final report of the implementation study, Pathways to Quality, describes lessons from the implementation analysis of the experiences of the 17 research programs as they developed between their initial funding in 1995 or 1996 and the final site visits in fall 1999.