Family Support and Parent Involvement in Head Start: What Do Head Start Program Performance Standards Require?


Publication Date: May 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Rachel Schumacher

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Head Start programs provide early childhood education, comprehensive services, and family support to more than 900,000 low-income children and their families. This brief paper describes specific requirements in Head Start Program Performance Standards to involve parents in programs and to provide or link families to support services, and it provides data on family support and involvement in Head Start programs in 2002.