Collecting Data

Programs can collect data on a variety of topics to track quality and efficacy. Learn how program goals determine what tools to use to track child development and parent–child interaction, for example.

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.

A National Overview of Grantee CLASS® Scores in 2017

During the 2016–2017 program year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. Review this resource for descriptive statistics of the 2017 grantee-level CLASS® data.

Measuring What Matters

Using data to track family and program progress is an essential part of strengthening parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE). Explore this three-part webinar series from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to learn how programs can use data to track progress toward expected family outcomes and to make program improvements.