Descriptive Data on Head Start Children and Families from FACES 2019: Fall 2019 Data Tables and Study Design

Descriptive Data on Head Start Children and Families from FACES 2019: Fall 2019 Data Tables and Study Design

OPRE Report 2021-77
Published: Jul 16, 2021
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Associated Project

Head Start: The Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)

Time frame: 2006-2022

Prepared for:

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

Authors

Ann Li

Sara Bernstein

Natalie Reid

Elizabeth Blesson

Sharikah Rakibullah

Myah Scott

Judy Cannon

Jeff Harrington

Addison Larson

Key Findings

For children’s characteristics, family backgrounds, and home environments, the tables show:

  • Demographic characteristics (for example, age, race/ethnicity, language(s) spoken in the home, who lives in the household)
  • Family economic well-being (how the household is doing financially)
  • Activities families do with children
  • Children’s access to health care providers and medical and dental care

For children’s cognitive and social-emotional skills and physical health and disability status, the tables show:

  • Children’s language, literacy, and math skills
  • Children’s executive function (self-regulation skills), social skills, problem behaviors, and approaches to learning
  • Teacher reports of children’s disability status and type, and Individualized Education Program/Individual Family Service Plan status
  • Children’s height, weight, and body mass index

This report includes information on the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (FACES 2019) study design. The tables describe the children enrolled in Head Start programs in fall 2019 and their family backgrounds and home environments. These data respond to current policy questions and support programs working with Head Start families.

The purpose of this report is to (1) provide information about the FACES study, including the background, design, methodology, assessments, and analytic methods; and (2) report detailed descriptive statistics (averages, response ranges, and percentages) and related standard errors (the estimate of the standard deviation of each statistic) in a series of tables on children and their families. The report provides a national picture of the children and families attending Head Start in fall 2019.

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