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Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2019)

2019-06-05 23:47:16 | BioPortfolio

Summary

For over two decades, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been an invaluable source of information on the Head Start program and the children and families it serves. FACES 2019 is the next phase of this important endeavor, and extends a previously conducted data collection to a new sample of Head Start programs, families, and children. Mathematica Policy Research and its partners, Juárez and Associates, Educational Testing Service, and consultants Margaret Burchinal and Martha Zaslow , developed the instruments and data collection procedures to assess the school readiness skills of 2,400 children and survey their parents and Head Start teachers in fall 2019 and spring 2020 (Classroom + Child Outcomes Core) and conduct observations in 720 Head Start classrooms and survey Head Start staff in spring 2020 and spring 2022 (Classroom Core).

Description

The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019, or FACES 2019, is the seventh in a series of national studies of Head Start, with earlier studies conducted in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2014. (FACES 2014 is entered as NCT03705377). It includes nationally representative samples of Head Start programs and centers, classrooms, children and their families. Data from surveys of Head Start program and center directors, classroom teachers, and parents provide descriptive information about program policies and practices, classroom activities, and the background and experiences of Head Start staff and families. Classroom observations are used to assess the quality of Head Start classrooms. Children in the study participate in a direct assessment that provides a rich picture of their school readiness skills at different time points.

FACES 2019 extends a previously conducted data collection to a new sample of Head Start programs, families, and children. As with FACES 2014-2018, FACES 2019 features a "Core Plus" study design; Core studies will capture key indicators; a potential Plus study affords the flexibility to address new policy and programmatic issues. As with previous rounds, FACES 2019 will collect information from a national probability sample of Head Start programs to learn what progress Head Start has made toward meeting program performance goals.

The goals of FACES 2019 are to describe: (1) the quality and characteristics of Head Start classrooms, programs, and staff for specific program years; (2) the changes or trends in the quality and characteristics of classrooms, programs, and staff over time; and (3) the factors or characteristics that predict differences in classroom quality. The study also will focus on describing (4) the school readiness skills and family characteristics of children who participate in Head Start during specific program years, (5) the changes or trends in children's outcomes and family characteristics over time, and (6) the factors or characteristics at multiple levels that predict differences in children's outcomes. FACES 2019 provides the mechanism for collecting data on nationally representative samples of programs, children, and families served in Regions I through X in order to provide the Office of Head Start, other federal government agencies, local programs, and the public with valid and reliable national information.

Study Design

Conditions

Head Start Participation

Location

Mathematica Policy Research
Washington
District of Columbia
United States
20002

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-06-05T23:47:16-0400

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