The Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project (EHSREP) was a longitudinal impact evaluation of the Early Head Start program initiated in 1996, at the same time that the Early Head Start program was created. Child and family assessments were conducted when children were 14 months old, 24 months old, 36 months old, in the spring prior to kindergarten entry, and again in the spring of the sixth year of formal schooling (5th grade for most children). In 2012, ACF awarded a contract to RAND Corporation to track the children and families who participated in the EHSREP in order to maintain up-to-date contact information and prepare for a possible follow-up data collection. Tracking activities involved:
- locating children and their families,
- verifying and updating their relevant contact information, and
- collecting information on a small set of items related to well-being and self-sufficiency (e.g., grade attainment in school, involvement in juvenile justice system, employment).
At the time the tracking study began, the EHSREP sample children were approximately 14-17 years of age (depending on their age at the time of enrollment in the study). The contractor completed tracking activities for three consecutive years, including making contact with about half of the sample after children had turned 18 years of age.
The points of contact are Amy Madigan and Amanda Clincy Coleman.