81 Head Start programs contributed child assessment data on nearly 50,000 children for the analysis. CCR Analytics was able to determine how much the Head Start programs contribute to the children’s development using a methodology called Regression Discontinuity Design. Head Start’s impact on child development was found to have a significant impact on a child’s readiness for Kindergarten.
Children who attend Head Start reach developmental milestones two and a half to five months earlier than children who do not. This finding holds true across a variety of developmental areas. Child assessment data was collected on all three and four year-olds enrolled in 30 California Head Start programs. Statistical analysis was conducted on a subset of this group totaling 9,665 children to determine how much the children benefited from participating in Head Start as three-year-olds.
Download the 2012 California Head Start Child Outcomes Bulletin here:
Using TS Gold child assessment data, CCR Analytics assessed not just how much children grow while in Head Start, but how much Head Start contributes to their growth.
Do the child and family support services that Head Start provides actually help children? Not to spoil the anticipation, but the answer is absolutely yes!
Download the San Joaquin County Head Start Child Outcomes Bulletin here: