Projects

American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES)

2014-2022
Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Since its founding five decades ago, Head Start has served as the nation’s premier federally funded early childhood intervention. Focusing on children in the years before formal schooling, often from families with multiple risks, it has served as a natural and national laboratory for a wide range of basic, prevention, early intervention, and program evaluation research.

Since 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a major source of descriptive information on Head Start and preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the program. There are 12 regions for federal management of Head Start. FACES gathers data on Head Start programs, staff, children, and families from Regions 1 through 10, which are the 10 geographically based Head Start regions nationwide. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, funded Mathematica Policy Research to prepare and conduct the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES 2015)—which focused on Region XI, or programs operated by federally recognized tribes. This first national descriptive study of children and families  in Region XI Head Start programs provides data to assess the strengths and service needs of both AI/AN and non-AI/AN children and families in Region XI and in turn help inform policies and practices.

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