The current study uses a triangulated, longitudinal qualitative design to capture the perspectives of both Illinois HS/EHS center directors and parents/caregivers at various time points. Using purposeful sampling techniques to represent various center demographic variables, this study will utilize two qualitative strategies: remote interviews (for center directors) and virtual Parent Café focus groups (for parents/caregivers). In collaboration with our partners at the Illinois Head Start Association, this study will address the following aims: 1) Understand how Illinois HS/EHS centers describe their efforts to engage families prior to, during, and after COVID-19-related center closures. 2) Understand how Illinois HS/EHS centers describe their efforts to support children's social and emotional development prior to, during, and after COVID-19-related center closures. 3) Determine how Illinois HS/EHS parents and caregivers describe their program’s efforts to engage them and foster their children’s social-emotional development during center shutdowns.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects