The Descriptive Study of Head Start's Early Learning Mentor Coach Grant Initiative: Final Report and Appendices

Publication Date: January 31, 2014


The study presented in this report describes the objectives, activities, approaches, strategies, and other aspects of the Early Learning Mentor Coach (ELMC) initiative from the perspectives of HS grantees, coaches, and staff. In October 2010, the funds to support the ELMC initiative were distributed to 130 grantees in 42 states and the District of Columbia for a seventeen month period. Grantees used the funds to hire coaches to provide on-the-job guidance, training, mentoring and technical assistance to HS staff. The grant recipients reflected the diversity of HS programs, including Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start grantees. Data was collected using a mixed-methods design (qualitative and quantitative) and the following data collection instruments: a grantee census survey; a coach census survey; coach telephone interviews; and staff telephone interviews with staff who received coaching. Findings are presented across the seven basic aspects of coaching that served as the conceptual framework for the study: grantee context, basic dimensions, structural dimensions, procedural dimensions, outputs, perceived outcomes, and sustainability. The report concludes with a program logic model and recommendations for future research. 

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