Longitudinal Mechanisms of Early Head Start Program Impact: High Risk Parenting and Child Self Regulation and Language Development to Pre-Kindergarten
Massachusetts General Hospital will identify specific program characteristics and family/maternal risk factors that affect the variation in impacts of Early Head Start (EHS) on children's social-emotional and language development, and whether impacts are in part mediated through changes in maternal-child interaction. The National Early Head Start dataset (n=3,001) will be used to address longitudinal change questions and a local sample (n=146) will be used to address more in depth questions using the additional risk, program characteristics, and child outcomes variables. Results of the study are expected to inform EHS service design on how to best address the effects of family risks on children's language and social-emotional development.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects
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