The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) awarded eight grants in September 2004 under the Head Start-University Partnerships: Measurement Development for Head Start Children and Families priority area. Grantees included University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Erikson Institute; Harvard University; Michigan State University; Pennsylvania State University; Utah State University; University of Kansas; and the University of Washington. These grants projects developed measures to directly assess children and parent-child relationships for low-income children from birth through age five, including culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.
The assessments developed focused on:
Toddler and Infant
- Parent-Child Interaction
- Parent Child Mealtime Behaviors
- English Vocabulary Development of Bilingual Spanish Speaking Toddlers
- Assessment of Family Safety and Needs
- School-Readiness of Diverse Low Income Preschoolers: Progress Monitoring Instrument