Early Intervention Research Paper

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How does early intervention affect the development of young children enrolled into the Early Head Start program and their families?"
Introduction
The History of Early Head Start Early head start is a program that stemmed out of Head Start. In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the war on poverty in his state of the union speech. Shortly thereafter, Sargent Shriver took the lead in bringing together a panel of experts that included nutritionists, psychologist and researchers in education to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children between aged three to five years old. This huge program was called Head Start. Through the years Head Start
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(2) Family development, the family is the central focus of the program and is considered the child’s first teacher. The program at all-time should seek to empower the families and motivate them to advocate for their children, families and community. (3) Community building, the program has sufficient resources in the community to help families achieve an over-all closing of gaps that ensure the families growth. (4) Staff development, the staff are trained in the latest resources and are equipped with the necessary tools to help their families grow and feel cared for. These foundations are in place to guide Early Head Start workers with the tools and strategies to be able to not only empower families but to guide them to grow and be self-sufficient. Early head Start has a variety of program options that families can choose; for example, center based, in which the family takes the child to a child care center, home based, is a program in which an Early Head Start visit the family at home and provides the family with activities, resources and strategies to work with the child at home, family child care services, provides the Early Head Start services in a family home, and lastly there is a combination of services, in which home based and center based are combined. It is set up like this …show more content…
This relationship is crucial because it effects the child directly. Relationship building and trust go hand in hand the parent has to be able to feel that the provider is invested in the child and the provider has to feel that the family is in it for the long haul. Integration of multiple services is important to the benefit of the family. How these services are provided speaks for the level of mutual respect, trust, non-judgmental support, honesty, commitment, flexibility, dependability and many other aspects of structure related to integration of the services for special needs children and their families. This study looks at all these important components, as they build on policy and Management support for the integration of services to EHS and part c programs. Research was done on six EHS programs that were partnered with a local university that were the researched partner for the investigators in the study. The six states were Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Virginia, and Washington. Three of the sites were rural areas, one prominently Hispanic. Two suburban communities, and one inner city. The participants in the study included fourteen state and local administrators, and direct care providers. As well as seventeen parents, two which had refused services for their child. The results pointed towards administrative structures that were related to service integration these included referral, decision

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