A Snapshot of Head Start Children, Families, Teachers, and Programs: 1997 and 2001

Publication Date: May 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Tanya Rakpraja; Rachel Schumacher

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


With the federal Head Start program scheduled for reauthorization by Congress in 2003, there is a need to understand what the program and the children and families it serves look like today and how they have changed since the last reauthorization in 1998. This policy brief, the first in a series of analyses of Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data by CLASP, compares key PIR data from the most recently available program year, 2000-2001, with data from the 1996-1997 program year.

A table of PIR data is included as a supplementary file.