Research Reports: Head Start

The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), 1997–2022, is a longitudinal study of Head Start programs around the country. It describes the characteristics, well-being, and development of children and families at the beginning of the Head Start program year. A national portrait of the population Head Start serves provides information to consider when assessing needs and setting national goals for the program.

Research Reports: Early Head Start

Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is a longitudinal study of Early Head Start programs around the country. Baby FACES describes the characteristics, well-being, and development of children and families at the beginning of the program year. A national portrait of the population Early Head Start serves provides information to consider when assessing needs and setting national goals for the program.

Research Reports

The Secretary of Health and Human Services allocates funds to the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) to conduct Head Start research and evaluation. The results guide Head Start program improvement and inform the larger early childhood development field. Dozens of Head Start programs across the country have collaborated with researchers. Their significant contributions have helped with program innovation and evaluation, including the use of systematic data collection, analysis, and interpretation in program operations.

Program Information Report (PIR)

The Office of Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) provides comprehensive data on the services, staff, children, and families served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs nationwide. All grantees and delegates are required to submit PIR for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Use of Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) in Head Start

The Office of Head Start (OHS) has published a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of the CLASS® Teacher-Child Observation Instrument in Head Start. This resource will help you understand how CLASS ® can be used for professional development and will explain how it is used within OHS for program monitoring purposes.