Latino Children in Head Start: Family Characteristics, Parent Involvement, and Satisfaction with the Head Start Program

Publication Date: April 15, 2001

The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) is a national longitudinal study of the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of Head Start children; the characteristics, well being and accomplishments of families, the observed quality of Head Start classrooms, and the characteristics and opinions of Head Start teachers and other staff. FACES involves a nationally representative stratified sample of over 3,000 children and families who entered the study in Fall 1997 and were followed throughout the end of first grade.

In Head Start, as in the United States, population growth among people of Hispanic heritage is greater than for any other ethnic group. Since 1994, enrollment of Latino children in Head Start has increased from 21.7% to 27.9% of total enrollment (Source: Head Start Program Information Report).

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