This website contains information about the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation project, a large-scale, random-assignment evaluation of Early Head Start. The project was designed to carry out the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers for a strong research and evaluation component to support continuous improvement within the Early Head Start program and to meet the 1994 reauthorization requirement for a national evaluation of the new infant-toddler program. The project was funded in two waves. The Congressionally-mandated Birth to Three Phase (1996-2001) included an Implementation Study, an Impact Evaluation that investigated program impacts on children and families through the children's second and third birthday, and local research projects. In 2001, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) funded the Pre-Kindergarten Follow-up Phase (2001-2004) to build upon the earlier research and follow the children and families who were in the original study from the time they left the Early Head Start program until they entered kindergarten. Links are provided for information on: the evaluation design and components; evaluation team; the Early Head Start Research Consortium; research on fatherhood; the Birth to Three Phase (1996-2001) of the project; the Pre-Kindergarten Follow-up Phase (2001-2004); unique features of the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project for assessing impacts of an infant-toddler intervention; reports from the project; presentations and papers from the project; assessment instruments; and related resources. (Author abstract modified)
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