American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES)

Project Overview

In 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) was launched to provide descriptive, nationally representative information on the characteristics, experiences, and development of Head Start children and families, and the characteristics of the Head Start programs and staff who serve them. FACES has historically not included Region XI, whose programs are designed to serve predominantly AI/AN children and families. AI/AN FACES, designed to fill this information gap, was first fielded in 2015. A second cohort was fielded in 2019.

AI/AN FACES 2015

Data collection with Region XI children, families, classrooms, and programs was conducted in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Twenty-one Region XI Head Start programs were included. Procedures for tribal review and approval in each of those 21 communities was followed. Information about this study has been shared broadly with tribal Head Start programs and tribal leaders via Office of Head Start tribal consultations, nationally-broadcast webinars, National Indian Head Start Directors Association annual conferences, the Head Start National Research Conference on Early Childhood, the National Research Conference on Early Childhood, and the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Council.

AI/AN FACES 2015 Workgroup

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation have planned the study to be responsive to the needs of Region XI Head Start children, families, and programs. The AI/AN FACES 2015 study design, engagement with programs, and dissemination efforts reflects advice from members of the AI/AN FACES Workgroup, comprised of Region XI Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials (listed below). The members of the Workgroup share a commitment to addressing cultural issues in how the study will be carried out and findings shared with the Head Start community.

AI/AN FACES Workgroup

Member

Organizational Affiliation

Tribal Head Start Partners

 

Willow Abrahamson*
(12/2013-12/2014)

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Collette Berg*
(12/2013-12/2014)

Cheyenne & Arapahoe Tribes

Patty Brown (12/2013-12/2015)

Karuk Tribe Head Start

Ann Cameron

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start

Myrna Dingman*
(6/2014-1/2017)

Pueblo of San Felipe Head Start

Lana Garcia

Pueblo of Jemez Head Start

Jacki Haight

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Head Start

Kirstin (Hisatake) Nilles*
(12/2013-8/2015)

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Head Start

Charmaine Lundy

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start

Racquel Martinez*
(12/2013-7/2017)

Tanana Chiefs Conference Head Start

Laura McKechnie

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Head Start

Sharon Singer*
(1/2015-7/2017)

Navajo Nation Head Start

Teresa Smith

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start

Mavany Calac Verdugo

Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians Head Start

University Research Partners

 

Jessica Barnes-Najor

Michigan State University, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Hiram Fitzgerald

Michigan State University, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Douglas Novins*
(12/2013-7/2014)

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Michelle Sarche

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Monica Tsethlikai

Arizona State University

Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Study Research Partners

 

Sara Bernstein

Mathematica Policy Research

Barbara Lepidus Carlson

Mathematica Policy Research

Lizabeth Malone

Mathematica Policy Research

Jerry West

Mathematica Policy Research

Federal Partners

 

Meryl Barofsky

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Robert Bialas*
(12/2013-11/2015)

Office of Head Start

Angie Godfrey (11/2015-1/2019)

Office of Head Start

Laura Hoard

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Aleta Meyer

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Mary Mueggenborg (12/2013-12/2016)

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

WJ Strickland

Office of Head Start (retired)

Maria Woolverton (12/2013-12/2016)

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

AI/AN FACES 2019

A second cohort of AI/AN FACES was launched in Fall 2019, using most of the same questionnaires and methods employed in FACES 2015. Some refinements to questions were made based on priorities at ACF, suggestions from the AI/AN FACES 2019 workgroup, or based on low variation in FACES 2015 data. Twenty-two Region XI Head Start programs were included. Procedures for tribal review and approval in each of those 22 communities was followed.

AI/AN FACES 2019 Workgroup

The AI/AN FACES 2019 study design, engagement with programs, and dissemination efforts reflects advice from members of the AI/AN FACES Workgroup, comprised of Region XI Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials (listed below). The members of the Workgroup share a commitment to addressing cultural issues in how the study will be carried out and findings shared with the Head Start community.

AI/AN FACES Workgroup

Member

Organizational Affiliation

Tribal Head Start Partners

 

Kelly  Bradfield

Three Affiliated Tribes Head Start

Ann Cameron

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start

Lana Garcia

Pueblo of Jemez Head Start

Jacki Haight

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Head Start

Charmaine Lundy

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start

Laura McKechnie

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Head Start

Ethan Petticrew

Cook Inlet Native Head Start

Teresa Smith

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start

Mavany Calac Verdugo

Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians Head Start (retired)

University Research Partners

 

Jessica Barnes-Najor

Michigan State University, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Michelle Sarche

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Christine Sims

University of New Mexico

Monica Tsethlikai

Arizona State University

Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

Study Research Partners

 

Sara Bernstein

Mathematica Policy Research

Michael Cavanaugh

Mathematica Policy Research

Lizabeth Malone

Mathematica Policy Research

Sara Skidmore

Mathematica Policy Research

Federal Partners

 

Meryl Barofsky

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

   

Laura Hoard

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Todd Lertjuntharangool

Office of Head Start

Aleta Meyer

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Allison Walker

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Jarma Wrighten

Office of Head Start

Senior Advisors

 

WJ Strickland

Office of Head Start, Region XI Senior Program Specialist (retired)

Jerry West

University of Maryland

Data are from AI/AN FACES 2015 archived at the Child and Family Data Archive Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page.

AI/AN FACS 2019 is conducted through a contract with Mathematica Policy Research.

The points of contact for this project are Meryl Barofsky and Laura Hoard.