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  • Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration: National Evaluation of Three Approaches to Improving Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Competence

    Published: August 26, 2014
    Head Start CARES (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill Promotion) is a national demonstration that tests the effectiveness of three program enhancements designed to improve preschool children's social-emotional competence. The project also examines the support systems (e.g., professional development model, technical assistance, monitoring) that are needed to implement the enhancements as designed within diverse Head Start classrooms across the country...
  • ACF OPRE News: August 14, 2014

    Published: August 14, 2014
    Recent news from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation...
  • ISIS Career Pathways Program Profile: Year Up

    Published: August 13, 2014
    A substantial skills gap exists between the education and training of the labor force and the needs of employers in many high growth industries, including healthcare and manufacturing. This gap results in unemployment while good paying jobs go unfilled. At the same time, many low-skilled adults persist in low wage work with little opportunity for advancement. Career pathways programs, like Year Up, are an approach to fill a vital need for skilled workers in the economy and offer low-wage...
  • ACF OPRE News: July 31, 2014

    Published: July 31, 2014
    Recent news from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation...
  • Understanding Urban Indians’ Interactions with ACF Programs and Services: Literature Review

    Published: July 29, 2014
    What is known about urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families’ engagement with government services? This literature review summarizes what is known about the status of urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families including their history of engagement with government services and the potential impact historical policies have had on current government service use. It also explores urban AI/AN families’ cultural engagement and ways in...
  • Summary and Snapshot Reports of Benchmark Measures Selected by Home Visiting Grantees

    Published: July 24, 2014
    The legislation which established the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program requires that grantees demonstrate measurable improvement in at least four of six benchmark domains.  HHS identified a list of constructs that grantees were required to measure within each benchmark domain and gave grantees the flexibility to develop their own performance measures for each construct.  This flexibility allowed grantees to develop performance measures that were meaningful for...
  • ACF OPRE News: July 17, 2014

    Published: July 17, 2014
    Recent news from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation...
  • Head Start CARES for Migrant and Seasonal Families: Adapting a Preschool Social-Emotional Curriculum

    Published: July 16, 2014
    The Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) CARES case study was designed as a companion study to the overall Head Start CARES (“Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion”) demonstration. MSHS CARES studied the adaptation and implementation of an existing evidence-based, social-emotional curriculum. MSHS CARES selected Preschool PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) curriculum to meet the needs of children and families of migrant and...
  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants: Year Three Annual Report (2012–2013)

    Published: July 15, 2014
    This Annual Report provides a snapshot of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program at the end of its third year of operation. The report summarizes program operations and participant activity and outcomes from HPOG’s inception through the third year of grantee activities...
  • Best Practices in Data Governance and Management for Early Care and Education: Supporting Effective Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

    Published: July 14, 2014
    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) currently serve as a centerpiece of many states’ early care and education (ECE) activities. However, QRIS can only strengthen ECE program quality if they are built on quality data. Intentional and rigorous data management and governance practices are essential for data gathered exclusively for the QRIS (such as program observation scores) as well as for external data accessed by the QRIS (such as workforce registry data).  The purpose...

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