Services and Outcomes for Early Head Start Families Enrolled During Pregnancy: Is There a Magic Window? Research to Practice Brief

Publication Date: April 15, 2006

Introduction

Research shows that initiating supportive interventions during pregnancy is beneficial for families (Olds, Henderson, Tatelbaum & Chamberlain, 1986). The Advisory Committee for Head Start Programs Serving Infants and Toddlers had this research in mind when it recommended that Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women as well as infants and toddlers. The Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project found that Early Head Start had a particularly strong pattern of positive impacts for children and families who enrolled during pregnancy (i.e., the children in Early Head Start performed significantly better than those in the control group).

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