American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES)

Project Overview

The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) is a major source of information on Head Start programs and the children and families they serve. Since 1997, FACES has conducted studies in a nationally representative sample of Head Start programs, but has historically not included Region XI, whose programs are designed to serve predominantly AI/AN children and families. AI/AN FACES, designed to fill this information gap, was first fielded in 2015, and another cohort of AI/AN FACES is being planned to be fielded in 2019.

The design of AI/AN FACES 2015 was informed by members of the AI/AN FACES Workgroup which includes tribal Head Start directors, members of the National Indian Head Start Directors’ Association (NIHSDA) Board of Directors, researchers with expertise working with tribal communities, Mathematica Policy Research study staff, and federal officials from the Office of Head Start, Region XI, and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Members of the AI/AN FACES 2015 Workgroup have shared insights and information on the kinds of information needed about Region XI Head Start programs (including children’s development and school readiness, parent and family demographics, health, and program engagement, and teacher, classroom, and program characteristics). Members have also recommended recruitment practices that are responsive to the unique cultural and self-governing contexts of tribal Head Start programs.

Data collection with Region XI children, families, classrooms, and programs was conducted in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Twenty-one Region XI Head Start programs were included. Procedures for tribal review and approval in each of those 21 communities was followed; programs are only included once tribal approval is in place. Information about this study has been shared broadly with tribal Head Start programs and tribal leaders via OHS tribal consultations, nationally-broadcast webinars, NIHSDA annual conferences, the Head Start National Research Conference on Early Childhood, the National Research Conference on Early Childhood, and the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Council (STAC).

AI/AN FACES Workgroup

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation have planned the study to be responsive of the needs of Region XI Head Start children, families and programs. The AI/AN FACES 2015 study design reflects advice from members of the AI/AN FACES Workgroup, comprised of Region XI Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials (listed below). The members of the Workgroup share a commitment to addressing cultural issues in how the study will be carried out and findings shared with the Head Start community. A new workgroup will be created for AI/AN FACES 2019.

AI/AN FACES Workgroup
Member Organizational Affiliation
Tribal Head Start Partners  
Willow Abrahamson*(12/2013-12/2014) Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Collette Berg*(12/2013-12/2014) Cheyenne & Arapahoe Tribes
Patty Brown Karuk Tribe Head Start
Ann Cameron Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start
Myrna Dingman*(6/2014-1/2017) Pueblo of San Felipe Head Start
Lana Garcia Pueblo of Jemez Head Start
Jacki Haight Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Head Start
Kirstin (Hisatake) Nilles*(12/2013-8/2015) Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Head Start
Charmaine Lundy Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start
Racquel Martinez*(12/2013-7/2017) Tanana Chiefs Conference Head Start
Laura McKechnie Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Head Start
Sharon Singer*(1/2015-7/2017) Navajo Nation Head Start
Teresa Smith Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start
Mavany Calac Verdugo Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians Head Start
University Research Partners  
Jessica Barnes-Najor Michigan State University, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center
Hiram Fitzgerald Michigan State University, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center
Douglas Novins*(12/2013-7/2014) University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center
Michelle Sarche University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center
Monica Tsethlikai Arizona State University
Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center
Study Research Partners  
Sara Bernstein Mathematica Policy Research
Barbara Lepidus Carlson Mathematica Policy Research
Lizabeth Malone Mathematica Policy Research
Jerry West Mathematica Policy Research
Federal Partners  
Meryl Barofsky Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Robert Bialas*(12/2013-11/2015) Office of Head Start
Angie Godfrey Office of Head Start
Laura Hoard Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Aleta Meyer Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Mary Mueggenborg Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
WJ Strickland Office of Head Start
Maria Woolverton Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

 

Data are archived at the Child and Family Data Archive.

The points of contact for this project are Meryl Yoches Barofsky, Laura Hoard, and Mary Mueggenborg.

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