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  • Native Culture & Language in the Classroom Observation Brief

    Published: November 19, 2019
    The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 (AI/AN FACES 2015) is the first national descriptive study of children and families enrolled in Head Start programs operated by federally recognized tribes. These programs are known as Region XI. Region XI programs incorporate their unique history, community traditions, and beliefs into their operations and integrate language and culture into the delivery of services to children and families...
  • Home and Community Native Language and Cultural Experiences Among AI/AN Children in Region XI Head Start: Findings from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015

    Published: January 8, 2020
    Research shows Native culture and language support children’s development in positive ways. In this brief, we examine the Native language and cultural experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native children in Head Start programs operated by federally recognized tribes or tribal consortia (Region XI). The data presented in this report inform our understanding of the Native language and cultural experiences that AI/AN children in Region XI Head Start have at home and in their communities...
  • American Indian & Alaska Native Head Start Family & Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) Highlights

    Nationally, about 35,575 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families are served by Head Start, with just over half served by 150 tribally run Head Start programs in Region XI. While we have a wealth of information about Head Start children and families in general, through data collected for the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), Region XI programs have never been included in this study. The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) is designed to collect information from a representative sample of children, families and programs in Region XI, with tribal voices at the forefront...
  • Study Progress & Selected Findings from the First National Study of Tribal Head Start Programs

    This webinar presents the initial findings from the first nationally representative study of Region XI Head Start programs run by tribal communities. The webinar describes the planning for this study, including engagement and consultation with tribal Head Start directors, federal program staff, university based researchers, and contractor staff. Next, the webinar reviews the study design, response rates, and shares some initial findings from Fall 2015 data collection...
  • Descriptive Data on Region XI Head Start Children and Families: AI/AN FACES Fall 2015–Spring 2016 Data Tables and Study Design

    Published: May 9, 2018
    AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first national study of Region XI AI/AN Head Start children and their families, classrooms, and programs. This set of tables presents data on the demographic backgrounds and developmental outcomes of children enrolled in Region XI AI/AN Head Start programs during the 2015–16 Head Start year. The tables also detail aspects of their home environment and family life. Data on children’s classrooms, teachers, centers, and programs...
  • Psychometric Analyses of Child Outcome Measures with American Indian and Alaska Native Preschoolers: Initial Evidence from AI/AN FACES 2015

    Published: May 9, 2018
    AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first national study of Region XI AI/AN Head Start children and their families, classrooms, and programs. To date, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a major source of descriptive information on Head Start and preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the program. FACES gathers data from Regions I-X...
  • Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start: A Portrait of Children and Families

    Published: November 7, 2018
    he American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES 2015) is the first national study of Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start children...
  • A Year in Region XI Head Start: Children’s Growth and Development from the American Indian and Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 (AI/AN FACES 2015)

    Published: November 7, 2018
    It is important for Head Start to have information about children’s and families’ strengths and needs over the course of the program year. We examine Region XI Head Start children’s growth in cognitive skills (in language, literacy, and mathematics), social-emotional skills, and executive function during the program year to learn about their progress toward being ready for school. We also consider children’s physical health at the end of the program year, as it can influence children’s readiness for school.
  • New Findings on Cultural & Language Experiences of Tribal Head Start Children - Webinar

    Published: December 6, 2017
    This webinar presents findings on children’s cultural and language experiences in Head Start classrooms, at home, and in the community from the American Indian and Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey of 2015 (AIAN FACES 2015). AIAN FACES 2015 is a rich source of information about Region XI Head Start children and families, including...
  • Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Informational Webinar

    Published: November 14, 2018
    Since 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a regular source of nationally representative data on Head Start programs, centers, classrooms, children, and families. Until the 2015–2016 program year, however, FACES had not been conducted in Region XI AI/AN Head Start programs. This was due in part to the time and resources required to engage in the intensive community-based planning and implementation process needed to successfully carry out the study...

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