Early Head Start: Identifying and Serving Children with Disabilities

Carla A. Peterson, Shavaun Wall, Helen A. Raikes, Ellen E. Kisker, Mark E. Swanson, Judith Jerald, Jane B. Atwater, Wei Qiao

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Abstract

Early Head Start (EHS) is a comprehensive, two-generation program that provides services to low-income families with children under the age of 3 years. As part of their mandate, staff members of EHS programs collaborate with other service providers in their local communities, including Part C and childcare providers. The incidence of disabilities among low-income children was tracked as part of the EHS Research and Evaluation Project. The incidence of indicators of disabilities (or potential disabilities) was extremely high (87%) among these very young children living in poverty; however, only 99 participating families (4.7% of the sample) received Part C services. Receipt of Part C services was related negatively to specific family characteristics (e.g., mother less well educated, being of color, not speaking English). Participation in EHS had a positive impact on receipt of Part C services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special education
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004

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Early Head Start : Identifying and Serving Children with Disabilities. / Peterson, Carla A.; Wall, Shavaun; Raikes, Helen A.; Kisker, Ellen E.; Swanson, Mark E.; Jerald, Judith; Atwater, Jane B.; Qiao, Wei.

In: Topics in Early Childhood Special education, Vol. 24, No. 2, 04.2004, p. 76-88.

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Peterson, CA, Wall, S, Raikes, HA, Kisker, EE, Swanson, ME, Jerald, J, Atwater, JB & Qiao, W 2004, 'Early Head Start: Identifying and Serving Children with Disabilities', Topics in Early Childhood Special education, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 76-88. https://doi.org/10.1177/02711214040240020301
Peterson, Carla A. ; Wall, Shavaun ; Raikes, Helen A. ; Kisker, Ellen E. ; Swanson, Mark E. ; Jerald, Judith ; Atwater, Jane B. ; Qiao, Wei. / Early Head Start : Identifying and Serving Children with Disabilities. In: Topics in Early Childhood Special education. 2004 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 76-88.
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