The overall objective of this project is to examine the role that Head Start’s family support services and practices can play in predicting improved child and family outcomes, which have been largely unexplored to date. Using data from the Family and Child Experiences Survey 2014 (FACES 2014), we hypothesize that increased efforts to connect families with support services will result in increased parent wellbeing and child school readiness over the Head Start year. While drawing from Head Start’s roots in bioecological theory (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 2006) that underscore its dual-generation approach, our research questions, hypotheses, and analytic plan are also theoretically grounded in the Family Stress Model (FSM; Conger et al., 1994) identifying family processes as mediating the association between economic factors and child outcomes.
What Can Head Start Do to Interrupt Associations between Poverty and Child and Family Outcomes? A Study of Head Start's Family Support Services and Practices
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