Migrant Seasonal Head Start Study
- Information about MSHS programs, participants, and their families is needed.
- Abt is conducting a study of MSHS to fill the knowledge gaps.
- The final report is expected in September 2019.
Migrant Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) provides early childhood education and social and support services to more than 30,000 culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and seasonal farmworker families and their children. The MSHS program has 66 numerous grantees and delegate agencies that range from small organizations operating in one locale to super-grantees serving large numbers of children and families in multiple states. Policymakers, the Head Start program, and others want up-to-date, comprehensive information about MSHS programs, participants, and their families.
The Abt team is conducting a nationally-representative study of MSHS to fill the knowledge gaps. The study will describe the characteristics of MSHS children, families, program practices, and services. It will be the first national MSHS study to include direct child assessments, which will provide valuable information about the development of MSHS children. The study team will use diverse approaches–interviews, classroom observations, child language assessments, and surveys–to collect a wide range of information.
The study’s purpose is to describe the features of programs and the characteristics and experiences of MSHS staff and families—not the program’s impact. This study does not include a comparison group and collects data at one point in time. So it is not possible to look at how children develop over time. The final report is expected in September 2019.