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Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study (Baby FACES)


The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study (Baby FACES) is a nationally representative descriptive study of Early Head Start. It provides in-depth descriptive information about Early Head Start programs, services, and staff, including the quality of services and types of supports offered to infants, toddlers, and their families. Additionally, it describes the key characteristics, strengths, and needs of the children and families served in Early Head Start and how they are faring in key areas of child and family well-being. Baby FACES also explores associations among the type and quality of Early Head Start services, the quality of staff-parent-child relationships, infant-toddler development, and family wellbeing. The first cohort of Baby FACES used a longitudinal cohort design and was fielded in 2009-2012. Baby FACES was redesigned in 2015 as a repeated cross-sectional research design and a second cohort was fielded in 2018. A third cohort is planned for 2020. In the fall of 2018, OPRE funded a new study of the EHS-Child Care Partnerships as a special add-on to the Baby FACES study. The design for that study is under development.

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