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FACES of Head Start: Our children, our families, our classrooms.: Charting children's learning and development during Head Start: FACES 2006 cohort

This brochure presents findings from the 2006 cohort of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES). FACES is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of Head Start children, families, classrooms, and programs. Topics that FACES data cover include: child characteristics, learning, and development; family characteristics and perspectives on Head Start; and classroom quality and teacher characteristics. Findings from FACES 2006, which follows children for one or two program years starting in the fall of 2006, show that approximately 15 percent of Head Start children have a disability and most begin Head Start with below-average academic skills, though they show growth over the course of their time in the program. More than a quarter of children (27 percent) come from families in which a language other than English is primarily spoken to them. The typical Head Start teacher has nine years of experience, and forty percent of teachers have at least a bachelor's degree.
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