Report to Congress on a Plan for an Indian Head Start Study

Publication Date: January 12, 2010


The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (the Act), Public Law 110–134, Section 649(k)(4), requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to work in collaboration with the Head Start agencies that carry out Indian Head Start programs, the Indian Head Start collaboration director, and other appropriate entities, including tribal governments and the National Indian Head Start Directors Association to: a) undertake a study or set of studies designed to focus on the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start-eligible population, with a focus on issues such as curriculum development, availability and need for services, appropriate research methodologies and measures for these populations, and best practices for teaching and educating American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start children; b) accurately determine the number of children nationwide who are eligible to participate in Indian Head Start programs each year; and c) document how many of these children are receiving Head Start services each year.

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