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Early Head Start: Services for Children with Special Needs and Staff Training Needs.

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The Great Lakes Quality Improvement Center for Disabilities (GLQIC-D) provides training and technical assistance regarding disabilities to Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) programs. The GLQIC-D conducted a survey of Early Head Start programs in the Department of Health and Human Services Region V, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The survey probed the following areas: (1) preferred types of training and technical assistance for EHS staff; (2) issues/concerns and challenges EHS staff are facing; (3) types of disabilities served in EHS; and (4) the adaptations needed to provide services to children with disabilities. In addition to demographic data and census information on the programs and children with disabilities, major findings include the following: (1) the highest concern for programs was teenage parenting; (2) programs preferred varying types of training and assistance depending on their needs; and (3) the top three diagnosed disabilities were speech and language delay, asthma, and communication disorder. Either most Early Head Start staff did not interpret the children's disabilities as severe, or very few children with more severe disabilities were enrolled. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/HTH)

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Author:Kadota, Riyo; Bennett, Tess; Thomas, Dawn
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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