Research to Practice: Preliminary Findings from the Early Head Start Prekindergarten Followup

Publication Date: April 15, 2006

Introduction

When tasked with designing Early Head Start, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (USDHHS) Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers envisioned the continuation of high quality services after families completed the infant and toddler program. Smooth transitions into high quality Head Start and other preschool programs were seen as “important for ensuring continued accessibility to enriching early child development experiences and for providing ongoing family support services that promote healthy family development” (USDHHS, 1994). This vision, as well as research on continuity of early childhood services, guided the analyses of the prekindergarten followup of the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project.

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