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Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
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.
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Peterson, Carla A.; Wall, Shavaun; Raikes, Helen A.; Kisker, Ellen E.; Swanson, Mark E.; Jerald, Judith; Atwater, Jane B.; and Qiao, Wei, "Early Head Start Identifying and Serving Children with Disabilities" (2004). Human Development and Family Studies Publications. 34.